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    FDNY Firefighter dies battling 4-alarm blaze

    Firefighter dies battling 4-alarm blaze

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    FDNY Bravest Killed Battling Four-Alarm Manhattan Warehouse Fire

    Updated: 12-16-2003 05:58:25 PM

    FDNY Bravest Killed Battling Four-Alarm Manhattan Warehouse Fire

    NEW YORK -- One of New York's bravest is dead after collapsing while battling a four-alarm fire in Upper Manhattan. The fire broke out this afternoon in the Inwood section on 10th Avenue.

    The mayor and the fire commissioner announced the name of the firefighter at a press conference at New York Presbyterian Hospital this afternoon. That firefighter was 30-year-old Thomas Brick.

    He was conducting a search and rescue mission inside this mattress warehouse when he became seperated from his fellow firefighters and collapsed.

    As of 5:00 p.m., firefighters were still on the scene where one was killed and three others injured. It took them several hourse to get the flames and smoke under control. One of the problems was the mattresses inside.

    Over 150 firefighters battled the blaze. One firefighter was carried to the hospital where he later died. One woman said she watched as he was carried from the scene.

    Eyewitness: "They had one of those oxygen masks on him, trying to give him oxygen. One of the other firefighters that was trying to help him, his mask was broken and he was bleeding from the head."

    Three other firefighters were injured as well.

    And now dozens of families are wondering where they are going to spend the night. Firefighters had to shatter the windows of their apartments to fight the flames.

    We are told the firefighter who was killed was with Ladder 36, one of the crews who responded to the fire.

    About the Fallen Bravest News

    FDNY Firefighter Thomas Brick, assigned to Ladder 36 in the Bronx, was 30-years-old and leaves behind two young children, the Mayor and Fire Commissioner announced at an afternoon press conference.

    Brick was with his crew inside the structure, when he apparantly became separated from them for an unknown reason, and was founed unconscious and in cardiac arrest.

    Officials said there was no distress call from his radio.

    Brick graduated from FDNY's first class following the September 11th terrorist attacks, in October 2001.
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    Firefighter Thomas Brick

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    Thousands Attend Funeral for Fallen FDNY Firefighter

    Updated: 12-21-2003 12:11:41 PM

    Thousands Attend Funeral for Fallen FDNY Firefighter

    Courtesy of WABC - New York

    (New York-WABC, December 20, 2003) -- Ten thousand firefighters lined the streets of Flushing, Queens, to honor Thomas Brick who was laid to rest. The 30-year old firefighter -- whose life long dream was to be one of New York's bravest -- died Tuesday while fighting a fire in a mattress factory.

    A sea of blue stretched for blocks along 194th Street in Flushing. Thousands of firefighters -- some from as far away as Baltimore -- were at the funeral to pay their respects to one of their own.

    Capt. Mike Everett, FDNY: "It's a very sad day for us. Nobody wants to bury their own."

    Lt. James Faller, FDNY: "He always wanted to be a fireman. He was always into learning and drilling, and checking the rig out and learning how to become better and better as a firefighter."

    Brick was killed in a massive fire at a mattress factory and storage area in Upper Manhattan on Tuesday. Fire officials say he was one of the first firefighters to rush into the burning building. Under heavy smoke fueled by smoldering mattresses, he became cut off from the others. Firefighters searched frantically only to find their colleague crushed by fallen debris. He died of burns and cardiac arrest -- doing the job he loved, but only got to experience for two years.

    Firefighter James Marley, FDNY: "He was one of my brothers. I'm one of the senior guys when he was a probey. He listened to ya. He was just happy all the time."

    The young firefighter was among the first class of firefighters to join New York's bravest after so many of them had died in the World Trade Center attack.

    Lt. James Faller, FDNY: "The class after the World Trade Center...that first class of guys breathed new life into us, and that was the beauty of it."

    Mayor Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Scoppetta joined the Brick's family and more than a thousand others who packed Saint Kevin's Church for the funeral mass. Thomas Brick leaves behind two small children.

    During his first tour of duty, Thomas Brick helped rescue six people trapped in a burning apartment. His ladder company received a medal for their valor.

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