An FDNY firefighter died Sunday afternoon after being caught in a partial ceiling collapse whereas preventing a home fire in Brooklyn, officers mentioned.
Mayor Eric Adams recognized the firefighter as Timothy Klein, 31, who had six-and-a-half years on the job. Klein’s father additionally was a firefighter, the mayor mentioned.
“We pray for him and his household and the town,” Adams mentioned at a information convention early Sunday night.
Klein, a member of the staff that operated the nozzle for Ladder Company 170 in Canarsie, was one in all 4 firefighters caught in the partial ceiling collapse in the Avenue N dwelling. An incident commander, observing instantly deteriorating circumstances and the ground being engulfed in flames, had simply instructed these firefighters to get out.
All the others have been in a position to escape, leaping out of home windows or climbing down ladders, mentioned FDNY performing Chief of Department John Hodgens.
“Our members labored feverishly and really, very laborious beneath troublesome circumstances” to achieve Klein however they have been unable to, mentioned Hodgens and “he succumbed to his accidents.”
Klein, of Queens, was the 1,157th NYPD firefighter to die in the road of responsibility, officers mentioned. In 2019, he had given the eulogy for an additional FDNY firefighter from the identical Brooklyn firehouse who died in the road of responsibility, Steven Pollard.
The FDNY mentioned, together with Klein, 9 firefighters have been injured in the fire.
Acting FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh mentioned: “I can’t describe the heartbreak of the FDNY as we speak.”
In a information launch later Kavanagh mentioned: “His household has a wealthy historical past of service in the FDNY, and he bravely adopted in their footsteps. The hearts of your complete Department are with the Klein household and with the members of Engine Company 257 and Ladder Company 170.”
The FDNY Facebook web page confirmed a giant crowd of firefighters stood outdoors of the Brookdale Hospital to salute Klein, as his physique was transferred to a different facility Sunday night time. They lined up from the ambulance to the hospital entrance to pay their respects and a few embraced shortly afterward.
The fire name for the house got here in at about 1:49 p.m., Kavanagh mentioned. Later Sunday night time, Fabien Levy, Adams’ press secretary, mentioned a second sufferer had been discovered useless. The FDNY mentioned in an electronic mail that the identification of the one who was discovered is pending the medical expert’s findings.
Klein was from Belle Harbor, Queens, in line with an individual briefed on the fire.
According to the FDNY Klein was appointed to the FDNY on Dec. 28, 2015, and after graduating from the fire academy, was assigned to Ladder Company 170.
He is survived by his father, retired FDNY Firefighter Patrick Klein, his mom Diane, and his three sisters, the FDNY mentioned. Klein’s mom was too distraught to remark.
In January 2019, Klein’s firehouse in the Canarsie part of Brooklyn mourned the demise of fellow FDNY firefighter Pollard, who fell to his demise by a spot in a roadway whereas responding to a automotive crash on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn.
Klein, in a eulogy at Pollard’s companies, had mentioned of his buddy and comrade: “when it got here to fire responsibility, Steve confirmed no concern.” Klein had added: “We misplaced a real hero that night time…Stevie, it breaks my coronary heart to know the times working alongside you might be over.”
Funeral preparations have been pending, the FDNY mentioned.
In February 2022, Jesse Gerhard, 33, a member of Ladder 134 in Far Rockaway, Queens, who additionally served as a volunteer firefighter in Islip for 13 years, died a day after he helped battle a two-alarm fire in Far Rockaway. He had suffered an undisclosed “medical episode” and earlier than Klein, was the final FDNY firefigher to due in the road of responsibility.
With Darwin Yanes