FDNY Firefighter Killed, Others Injured Battling 3-Alarm Body Shop Blaze

HEATHER CASPI
Firehouse.com News


Tragedy has struck the FDNY for the seventh time this year with the death of a firefighter from an apparant heart attack at a three-alarm fire.

During a fire at an auto body shop in Staten Island Tuesday afternoon, a firefighter was found in cardiac arrest and taken to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he later died. At least seven other rescue workers were injured during the incident.

According to the FDNY Press Office, Firefighter Michael Gorumba, 27, had been with the department for six months, assigned to Engine 163. He is survived by his wife Lori, who is pregnant with their second child, and their two-year-old son.

This loss comes just a little more than two months after FDNY was sent reeling by the deaths of three of their bravest at a hardware store blaze on Father's day, June 17.

The three killed in June were Firefighter Harry Ford, 50, a 27-year veteran assigned to Rescue 4 in Queens, Firefighter John Downing, 40, an 11-year veteran assigned to Ladder 163 in Queens, and Firefighter Brian Fahey, 46, a 14-year veteran also from Rescue 4.

Ford and Downing were killed when the facade of the building rained down on them. Fahey was inside the building when the propane tanks and paint exploded in the basement of the hardware store.

The first two deaths of the year for FDNY occurred in January.

On January 13, Firefighter Donald L. Franklin, 42, of Ladder 44 was killed while searching a burning apartment building in the Bronx where two residents died.

On Jan. 4, Firefighter Gregg J. McLoughlin, age 39, of Engine Company 302 in Queens suffered cardiac arrest in his firehouse.

Barbara Poppo of Fire Department, and EMS Lieutenant with FDNY, died in the line of duty of a heart attack while clearing snow in front of her EMS station on January 21st, 2001.


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