Senator Zeldin And Assemblyman Murray Host Unveiling Ceremony
October 15, 2012
For Richard Nappi Memorial Bridge- Named After Fallen Local FDNY Hero
(Farmingville, NY) State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) will host an unveiling ceremony for the Patchogue-Mount Sinai Road Bridge in Brookhaven which has been dedicated as the “Richard Nappi Memorial Bridge” in honor of Lieutenant Richard Nappi, a local hero who died in the line of duty serving with the FDNY’s Engine Company 237.
Lt. Nappi was also a volunteer with the Farmingville Fire Department and a top instructor at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank. In 1995, he was honored as a hero for pulling his fellow firefighters out of danger during the height of the Long Island wildfires. He also selflessly raced to lower Manhattan on his day off to provide emergency assistance during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on September, 11, 2001. Lt. Nappi passed away on April 16, 2012, after suffering a heart attack while leading his fellow firefighters from Engine 237 through a burning warehouse in Brooklyn.
Senator Zeldin and Assemblyman Murray sponsored legislation in the State Legislature this year to honor this local hero by designating the Patchogue-Mount Sinai Road Bridge as the “Richard Nappi Memorial Bridge.” This measure passed both the Senate and the Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on June 20, 2012.