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FDNY HERO REFUSED TO QUITSTATEN IS. BLAZE KILLS FIREMAN AFTER HIS BRAVE BATTLE BACK FROM '06 BURN

 
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FDNY HERO REFUSED TO QUITSTATEN IS. BLAZE KILLS FIREMAN AFTER HIS BRAVE BATTLE BACK FROM '06 BURN
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A veteran Fire Department lieutenant killed as he battled a Staten Island blaze could easily have retired two years ago after being badly burned - but instead fought his way back to active duty to continue doing the job he loved.

Lt. Robert Ryan Jr., 46, refused to stay out of commission after sustaining severe burns to his neck in October 2006 when melted plastic ate through his protective gear. Ryan died early yesterday morning when the burning ceiling of a New Brighton home collapsed on him.

"He was all patched up from the burns at that time, but he wasn't going to retire, no way," recalled fire union vice president Jim McGowan. "I don't think it was even a question for him."

"His attitude was that he was one of the guys, and he was coming back," McGowan said. "You could tell, talking to him, that after the injury he was coming back."

The FDNY said the 17-year veteran's original injury came while he was subbing for another firefighter, working at a house other than his regular one, and he was burned while stretching a hose into a three-story building on 73rd Street in Brooklyn.

Rather than run from the building to treat his injuries, Ryan had his colleagues turn the high-powered hose on his neck and then continued to battle the blaze.

But almost a year to the day, he was back on active duty.

Ryan easily could have hung up his helmet and earned a line-of-duty injury pension for three-quarters pay, said Capt. Thomas Henri, Ryan's superior at Staten Island's Engine Co. 155.

"The whole back of his head, all down the back of his neck . . . they were third-degree burns," said Henri, his face still red from fighting the fire that claimed his friend.

"He wasn't gonna retire for a long, long time. He was 46. He loved the Fire Department."

Ryan was a father of four who ran a house-painting business on the side, yet still found time to help child burn victims.

The ceiling collapse at 39 Van Buren St. yesterday ripped Ryan's helmet and mask from his head and knocked him to the floor unconscious, fire officials said.

The four other firefighters with him on the second floor of the house rushed him out to the street, where it was quickly determined that he was in cardiac arrest.

"They started working on him in the middle of the street," said neighbor Helen Collins, 26, who first saw the smoke and called the Fire Department. "They were screaming, 'Where's the EMS? Where's the EMS?' "

Ryan was pronounced dead minutes later at Richmond University Hospital. Fire department sources said it was not yet determined whether the blow to the head or smoke inhalation killed him.

Officials said the initial investigation indicated that faulty wiring was the cause of the fire.

Neighbors on his street - already named for FDNY Captain John Fischer, who died on 9/11 - were in shock.

Ryan leaves behind a wife, Kathleen, two children, Kayla, 12, and Chris, 7, and two stepchildren, Alex, 10, and Emma, 8.

"She's just lost her husband," another firefighter said of Kathleen Ryan. "She just got home from the hospital, and she's beside herself."

Friends and neighbors described a loving, hardworking father who lived for his children, his job and his fellow Bravest.

After 9/11, Ryan was promoted to lieutenant and assigned the task of rebuilding Engine Co. 6 in lower Manhattan - a firehouse that lost four men at Ground Zero.

"He was a rock," said one of the men at Engine Co. 6 yesterday. "The kind of guy you could build a firehouse around."

Ryan spearheaded an annual holiday book and toy drive for child patients at Staten Island University Hospital's burn center, the facility where he recovered from his own injuries.

Kathleen Ryan manages Choices Cafe, a restaurant where developmentally disabled people learn job skills, and also works a second job at a liquor store.

"I would just like to ask all New Yorkers to say a prayer for Robert Ryan," Mayor Bloomberg told reporters at the hospital yesterday. "He was a brave man who lost his life protecting this city."

The owner of the charred house said he was grateful, both to Ryan and to neighbor Collins, who woke his wife up to get her out of the burning building before the firefighters arrived.

"Any loss is hard, especially when you are trying to save someone else," said James Jefferson. "Not too many people are going to run into a fire to save someone else's stuff."
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Re: FDNY HERO REFUSED TO QUITSTATEN IS. BLAZE KILLS FIREMAN AFTER HIS BRAVE BATTLE BACK FROM '06 BURN
I will be praying for his wife and children... Tragic loss of a hero.
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I will be praying for his wife and children... Tragic loss of a hero.
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Re: FDNY HERO REFUSED TO QUITSTATEN IS. BLAZE KILLS FIREMAN AFTER HIS BRAVE BATTLE BACK FROM '06 BURN
My late father served 20 years in the NYC fire department. Been to many a firehouse and to several fires.

They put there lives on the line every day!

Never met a finder bunch of men & ladies anywhere.


Ryan - A REAL HERO and a should get a hero's parade in NYC.


My prayers for his widow and family.

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