FDNY LODD Lt Rich Nappi, Suffolk County FOOLS President 4/16/2012
The announcement of a LODD during FDIC in Indy is a solemn enough occasion. To find out that the LODD is a FOOL, and more importantly, a friend, hit close to home. The pallor that this put over the Brothers in Indy was palpable.
FDNY Lt. Richard Nappi, 47, who was assigned to Engine 237, collapsed from heat exhaustion fighting a 3-alarm blaze in a commercial building on Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn and later died at Woodhull Hospital.
Lt. Nappi was originally from the Bronx and worked as a New York state parole officer and as a case worker for the Suffolk County (Long Island) Department of Social Services before becoming a firefighter in 1994. He served 17 years with the FDNY, and as a member of Engine 7 in lower Manhattan, was a survivor of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He was a founding member and President of the Suffolk County F.O.O.L.S. chapter, and a strong advocate for training.
Although Lt. Nappi was a devoted family man and consummate professional, he was best known by friends and family for his quick wit, sarcasm, and sense of humor. He is featured “breaking stones” in the opening scene of the famous Jules and Gedeon Naudet documentary about September 11th.
Some ten thousand strong came to honor Rich Saturday the 21st on Long Island. Among them were a contingent of FOOLS from all over the United States. New England FOOLS President Rusty Ricker, Trustee Andy Biron and Past EBoard Member Jeff Ricker were among those who stood shoulder-to-shoulder to honor Rich.
It was an honor and a pleasure to stand with our Brother FOOLS and the assembled members of the FDNY and beyond who came to honor the life of such a great FOOL, great fireman, and great family man. His loss is profound, and shall be felt throughout the Nation, by both those in and outside of the FOOLS and the Fire Service.