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    FDNY Hero Dad Dies

    FDNY HERO DAD DIES

    By MURRAY WEISS and ANGELINA CAPPIELLO


    September 30, 2003 -- A beloved city firefighter died of a massive heart attack after helping put out a suspected arson blaze over the weekend, authorities said yesterday.

    James O'Shea, 41, a father of two young boys, was stricken at his home in Holbrook, L.I., on Saturday evening, just after ending his shift at Ladder Co. 127 in Queens, officials said. He died at Brookhaven Hospital.

    O'Shea's company responded to the blaze, which began in a pile of cardboard boxes outside an apartment complex at 141-26 77th Ave. in Kew Gardens Hills at around 4:50 p.m., officials said.

    O'Shea complained that he wasn't feeling well minutes after helping to put out the fire and helping to haul away debris from the site, they said.

    He went back to the firehouse, where he waited until his shift ended at 6 p.m. He then went home, where he was stricken.

    O'Shea, a 17-year veteran of the FDNY and the son of a retired firefighter, was the first of the Bravest to die in the line of duty since the terror attacks Sept. 11, 2001, FDNY officials said.

    "A department that has lived for the past two years with much sadness and pain once again grieves at the loss of a fallen member," Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said.



    O'Shea's "larger-than-life presence will be sadly missed."

    O'Shea leaves behind his wife of nine years, Yetta, and two sons, ages 6 and 21/2.

    Grieving neighbor Jeannie Cagan said O'Shea was the typical doting dad who "always walked his kids to school."

    "He was a really nice guy," she said. "It's such a shock."

    A man who said he volunteered with O'Shea at the Brentwood, L.I., Fire Department described the fallen hero as a patient teacher of young recruits.

    "He taught all the junior men what he learned over the years," the man said. "He was very well-respected."

    Wakes are slated for tomorrow and Thursday at Grant Funeral Home in Brentwood.

    O'Shea will be buried Friday at Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church in Holbrook.





    http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/6884.htm

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    A TEAR AND SALUTE FOR HERO DAD

    A TEAR AND SALUTE FOR HERO DAD

    By ANGELINA CAPPIELLO and MICHAEL REHAK


    October 4, 2003 -- As 6-year-old Jacob O'Shea, wearing a firefighter's hat and holding a cross, saluted the casket, his pained face reflected the loss of the man who was all his world.

    That heartbreaking moment captured the feelings of the thousands of mourners at the funeral yesterday of FDNY firefighter James O'Shea, husband to Yetta, father to Jacob and 3-year-old Matt, and lifesaver to untold numbers of New Yorkers.

    A former winner of the International Fireman of the Year award, O'Shea was the first FDNY member to die in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001.

    But his funeral was marked by more tragedy when two buses carrying mourners crashed on a Long Island Expressway service road, injuring more than 20 people.

    O'Shea, 40, was stricken by a fatal heart attack at his Holbrook, L.I., home last Saturday after ending his shift at Ladder Co. 127 in Queens. Among those attending the services at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Holbrook was fellow firefighter Rudy Reyes, whose two nephews were saved from a blaze by O'Shea when he was just starting his FDNY career in 1986.

    O'Shea won the international firefighter award for that act of heroism but, as Ladder 127 Capt. Theodore Wienclaw said, "He wasn't in it for the pats on the back."

    He was also a teacher of young firefighters and an innovator who, for example, redesigned a rope knot for rescuing victims, said Stephen Humenesky, a firefighter and fire union trustee.



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    HIS BRAVEST FACE:
    James O'Shea's son Jacob stands by his mother and brother as the coffin bearing his father begins its final journey.

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    FDNY says goodbye to bear of Bravest

    FDNY says goodbye to bear of Bravest

    By RUTH BASHINSKY and TRACY CONNOR
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS


    Thousands of mourners gathered on Long Island yesterday to remember fallen New York City Firefighter James O'Shea as a grizzly bear of a man who was "bigger than life."

    "He was a man who jumped in the flames that already consumed the life of others," Fire Department Chaplain Chris Keenan told mourners at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Holbrook. "His mantra was, 'That's what we are here for. It is part of the job.'"

    O'Shea, 40, of Ladder 127 in Jamaica, died last Saturday of a heart attack brought on by a blaze in Queens. He was the first firefighter to die in the line of duty since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

    Some 4,000 of New York's Bravest and members of the Brentwood Fire Department joined Mayor Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta in paying tribute to the 17-year veteran and married father of two.

    Two buses taking mourners to the funeral crashed on the Long Island Expressway. Eighteen people, including two active-duty and three retired firefighters, suffered minor injuries in the rear-end collision.

    'Devilish sense of humor'

    At the church, Keenan described O'Shea as a "quiet hero," a strapping man with a gruff demeanor and an intimidating work ethic.

    "He was a tough man who redefined busting your chops," he said. "Everyone who knew him after a while knew he was a teddy bear. But of course he had to wear a grizzly bear outfit."

    But O'Shea also had a "devilish sense of humor."

    The mourners burst out laughing as the chaplain remembered how the 6-foot-3 O'Shea once took ballet lessons with other volunteers from the Brentwood Fire Department.

    "He threw his leg on the ballet barre, broke it, fell backward and took the whole line of firefighters behind him with him," he said.

    Lt. Pat Kerley, who worked with O'Shea for 10 years, said O'Shea was a force of nature.

    "We called Jimmy 'the human forcible entry machine.' While the other guys tried to force open a door with an ax, Jimmy would give it the O'Shea mule kick and the door would fly open," he said.

    O'Shea left behind a widow, Yetta, and two sons, Jacob, 6, and Matthew, 3. The older boy followed his father's FDNY flag-draped coffin out of the church, wearing his oversized helmet.

    O'Shea would have celebrated his 41st birthday Oct. 12, and his wife had bought him two tickets to Bruce Springsteen's concert at Shea Stadium last night. Springsteen dedicated "Into the Fire" to him at the show.

    Originally published on October 4, 2003

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/loca...p-110878c.html

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    O'Shea, James J

    Age: 41
    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Status: Career
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 09/27/2003
    Duty Type: Other
    Incident Time: 18:00
    Activity Type: Other
    Death Date: 09/27/2003
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Fire Department City Of New York
    9 MetroTech Center
    Brooklyn , New York 11201
    Chief: Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter O'Shea suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Holbrook, NY, Saturday night after fighting a fire in Queens shortly before his tour of duty ended.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    C/o Fire Department City Of New York, 9 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn , New York 11201


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    Queens Teen Accused in Blaze That Claimed First Bravest Since 9/11

    Queens Teen Accused in Blaze That Claimed First Bravest Since 9/11

    PHILIP MESSING, LORENA MONGELLI and HASANI GITTENS

    The Queens teen accused of setting the blaze that led to the death of a beloved firefighter, had a flare for fires, law-enforcement sources said.

    The family of Anthony Santiago, 16, was evicted from their Bronx home for "troublemaking" shortly after the Queens fire - and neighbors told investigators the teen was known for setting fires in the incinerator room.

    Santiago was arrested Friday morning and remains in Rikers Island in lieu of $75,000 bail and is charged with two counts of arson in the Sept. 27 fire.

    He is accused of setting fire to a pile of cardboard boxes after going to smoke a cigarette outside an apartment complex on 77th Avenue in Kew Gardens, officials said.

    The young man was standing in an alley filled with garbage when he started lighting pieces of paper, setting the blaze, FDNY officials said.

    Fire Marshals Michael Szewezuck and Lawrence Pliska finally caught up with the boy at another relative's home in Ozone Park late Thursday, where he was arrested and allegedly made a video confession.

    Law-enforcement sources told The Post that Santiago's half-brother James, 19, and his sister, Cecilia, 24, also have rap sheets that include arson.

    James O'Shea, 41, of Ladder Co. 127 in Queens helped put out the Kew Gardens fire, and complained that he wasn't feeling well afterwards, officials said.

    He then went to his home in Holbrook, L.I., and died of heart attack.

    Santiago is not being charged with murder or manslaughter because O'Shea had a history of heart disease and the Suffolk County medical examiner said he died of natural causes.

    O'Shea, a 17-year veteran of the FDNY was the first of the Bravest to die in the line of duty since the 9/11 terror attacks.


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    Queens Teen Accused in Blaze That Claimed First Bravest Since 9/11

    Queens Teen Accused in Blaze That Claimed First Bravest Since 9/11

    PHILIP MESSING, LORENA MONGELLI and HASANI GITTENS

    The Queens teen accused of setting the blaze that led to the death of a beloved firefighter, had a flare for fires, law-enforcement sources said.

    The family of Anthony Santiago, 16, was evicted from their Bronx home for "troublemaking" shortly after the Queens fire - and neighbors told investigators the teen was known for setting fires in the incinerator room.

    Santiago was arrested Friday morning and remains in Rikers Island in lieu of $75,000 bail and is charged with two counts of arson in the Sept. 27 fire.

    He is accused of setting fire to a pile of cardboard boxes after going to smoke a cigarette outside an apartment complex on 77th Avenue in Kew Gardens, officials said.

    The young man was standing in an alley filled with garbage when he started lighting pieces of paper, setting the blaze, FDNY officials said.

    Fire Marshals Michael Szewezuck and Lawrence Pliska finally caught up with the boy at another relative's home in Ozone Park late Thursday, where he was arrested and allegedly made a video confession.

    Law-enforcement sources told The Post that Santiago's half-brother James, 19, and his sister, Cecilia, 24, also have rap sheets that include arson.

    James O'Shea, 41, of Ladder Co. 127 in Queens helped put out the Kew Gardens fire, and complained that he wasn't feeling well afterwards, officials said.

    He then went to his home in Holbrook, L.I., and died of heart attack.

    Santiago is not being charged with murder or manslaughter because O'Shea had a history of heart disease and the Suffolk County medical examiner said he died of natural causes.

    O'Shea, a 17-year veteran of the FDNY was the first of the Bravest to die in the line of duty since the 9/11 terror attacks.


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