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    Retired FDNY Dies Fighting Fire as Volunteer Firefighter

    Retired FDNY Dies Fighting Fire as Volunteer Firefighter

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    FDNY Hero Dies at L.I. Blaze

    FDNY HERO DIES AT L.I. BLAZE

    June 16, 2005 -- A 30-year veteran of the FDNY has died of a heart attack after battling a blaze on Long Island.

    Peter Lund, 54, a volunteer with the Woodmere Fire Department, was battling a blaze Tuesday night at a two-story house

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    He answers last alarm

    He answers last alarm

    Ex-Bravest dies as volunteer

    BY BRIAN HARMON
    DAILY NEWS LONG ISLAND BUREAU CHIEF

    Andrea Lund (c.), widow of former FDNY Firefighter Peter Lund, is comforted outside Woodmere home.
    Peter Lund (r.) with his late father, Clarence, and his son, Matthew.
    Former New York City Fire Lt. Peter Lund lived for fire service. On Tuesday night, two years after retiring from the Bravest, the Woodmere volunteer firefighter died for fire service.

    During his distinguished career, he helped rescue a young woman and her 3-year-old son from a burning apartment building in Crown Heights. He spent days at Ground Zero, digging for his "brothers" and for the people those brothers died trying to save. And in 1992, he was knee-deep in Flushing Bay, scrambling to save lives after USAir Flight 405 slid off a runway at LaGuardia Airport.

    Lund, 54, of Valley Stream, had a heart attack just before 11 p.m., minutes after helping douse a house fire on Longacre Ave. in Woodmere.

    "Fire duty was his mission in life. He was a die-hard fireman. He just lived his life for fire duty," said Ray Grawin, a close friend and fellow firefighter in the city and in Woodmere.

    City Fire Capt. Phil Ruvolo said, "This is a guy whose life - besides his family - revolved around the city.

    "Any type of bad incident that you can remember about New York City, Pete was there," added Ruvolo, who worked with Lund at Brooklyn's Rescue 2.

    Lund, a 30-year member of the city's Bravest, collapsed after suffering chest pains. Other volunteer firefighters performed CPR before Lund was taken to St. John's Hospital and pronounced dead at 11:57 p.m.

    Grawin said his friend had no history of heart problems, adding, "He was very healthy."

    During his tenure with the FDNY, Lund participated in several daring rescues. On Dec. 1, 2002, he helped pull an unconscious mother and her 3-year-old boy to safety after a smoky fire trapped them on the fourth floor of their Crown Heights apartment.

    Lund worked in Queens at Rescue 3 during parts of the 1980s and 1990s, but most of his time with FDNY was spent in Brooklyn.

    For 35 years, Lund worked as a volunteer firefighter in Woodmere. Lund's late father, Clarence, was chief of the Woodmere department during the 1960s, and his son is a Woodmere fire captain.

    Lund also leaves his wife and high school sweetheart, Andrea, and their daughter, Valerie, who graduated from college in May.

    "They're distraught. Their world just stopped, and it will be some time before it starts up again," Ruvolo said.

    Services are today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Perry's Funeral Home, 118 Union Ave. in Lynbrook.

    A firematic service will be conducted at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1346 Broadway in Lynbrook, Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral for Lund will be held at St. Joseph's on Saturday at 10 a.m.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/06-16-200...p-272995c.html

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    Firefighter Dies After Putting Out Fire

    (06.15.05 - AP)

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    Lund, Peter

    Age: 54
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 06/14/2005
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time: 22:00
    Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
    Death Date: 06/14/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Woodmere Fire Department
    20 Irving Place
    Woodmere , New York 11598
    Chief: George Laasko

    Initial Summary:
    Lieutenant Lund was performing fire suppression at the scene of a residential structure fire at approximately 2200hrs. He exited the structure when overhaul began and experienced chest pains and shortness of breath. He doffed his SCBA and sat down on a curb when he collapsed suddenly. CPR was initiated immediately and he was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2357hrs.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Pending

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2005

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