FDNY firefighter who died after 1935 blaze finally getting recognition from city

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Thomas O’Brien’s name will finally be added to the FDNY’s memorial wall in downtown Brooklyn. He died a day after fighting a Chelsea fire in 1935.



Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12:50 AM
By Andrew Keshner & John Annese


The city is poised to right a generations-old wrong — by acknowledging the sacrifice of a firefighter who died from on-the-job injuries in a Chelsea blaze more than 80 years ago.

Firefighter Thomas O’Brien’s name will be added to the FDNY’s memorial wall in downtown Brooklyn, according to a spokesman for the city’s law department.

O’Brien’s family sued the city in October, demanding the FDNY recognize his death as job-related.

O’Brien, 48, responded to a two-alarm fire at a paint store on W. 26th St. on Oct. 27, 1935. He returned to the Engine Co. 3 firehouse, said he felt faint and went to sleep at the order of his supervisor.

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