Charities Step Up To Help Family Of Fallen FDNY Lieutenant

Lieutenant Brian J. Sullivan
Photo credit FDNY

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Local charities are stepping up to help the family of FDNY Lt. Brian Sullivan, who died of a heart attack last week after returning home from a busy 24-hour tour of duty.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will pay the Sullivan family's mortgage.

“It is a great relief to know that my family’s mortgage is going to be taken care of. I’m so appreciative that there is a foundation like Tunnel to Towers out there helping families like mine,” said Sullivan’s widow, Irene.

The NY Police and Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund, also known as Answer the Call, will give Sullivan's widow $25,000 to cover her immediate expenses. The fund also plans to give her money each year for the rest of her life.   

On average, Answer the call provides a widow or widower more than $300,000 over his or her lifetime. 

Sullivan, a 27-year veteran of the FDNY, told fellow firefighters he was experiencing chest pains during his shift Thursday and Friday, but continued to respond to emergencies.

Over the course of 24 hours, the 54-year-old responded to seven different emergencies, several medical calls and a kitchen fire. The blaze was the third one he'd responded to in three days.

He died early Saturday morning after suffering a heart attack at his Orange County home.

“Lieutenant Sullivan spent more than half his life, nearly three decades, keeping New Yorkers safe. My brother Stephen was an FDNY firefighter who lost his life saving others on 9/11. I’m proud the Foundation established in his memory can help the family of one of his FDNY brothers following this tragic loss,” said Tunnel to Towers Chairman and CEO Frank Siller.

The FDNY Foundation has also donated $25,000 to a scholarship fund for Sullivan's daughters — 22-year-old Nicole and 17-year-old Samantha. To make a donation, click here.