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James O'Shea, FDNY L-127 9-27-03

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  • James O'Shea, FDNY L-127 9-27-03

    NEW YORK -- For the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, a New York City firefighter has died on duty.

    James J. O'Shea, 41, a 17-year veteran of the fire department, died Saturday evening from a heart attack after feeling ill battling a blaze in Kew Gardens, Queens, that afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday.

    After helping put out the fire and move debris, O'Shea reported feeling ill, but as it was near the end of his shift, he refused medical attention at the scene and went home to Holbrook, N.Y., Bloomberg said. Upon arriving home, his family immediately rushed him to Brookhaven Hospital, where he died.

    "This is a tragic loss for the fire department and for the city of New York," Bloomberg said. "James O'Shea was a dedicated firefighter who put himself in harm's way for 17 years to protect the lives of others."

    On Sept. 11, 343 Fire Department of New York officers died in the collapse of the twin towers. The department has about 11,000 members.

    "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) will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him."

    O'Shea, who worked for Ladder Co. 127 in Queens, is survived by his wife, Yetta O'Shea, and two young sons.

    A funeral was planned for Friday at the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church in Holbrook. There will be a wake on Wednesday and Thursday at the Grant Funeral Home in Brentwood, N.Y.
    Last edited by E229Lt; 09-30-2003, 12:48 PM.

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