Easton mourns the loss of Firefighter Russ Neary

Fire Chief Jim Girardi regretfully informs the public of the passing of LT Russell F. Neary, 55, President of the Easton Volunteer Fire Company. LT Neary died in the line of duty on Monday October 29, 2012, having served the department for 10 years. LT Neary was clearing tree debris from a roadway when another tree fell and struck LT Neary.

The Easton Volunteer Fire Company and the Easton Fire Department are making preparations for the line of duty death services honoring Lt Neary. Details are as follows: Memorial service: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11 AM at the Notre Dame church in Easton Connecticut. Lt Neary leaves behind his loving wife Maryanne and two beautiful daughters Caitlin and Cara. He is also survived by his brother, Peter, the fire marshal for the Easton fire department. Donations in Russell's memory can be made to Russell Neary Memorial Trust Fund to benefit Joel Barlow High School’s Girls Cross Country & Track and Field Teams and The American Red Cross. Donations may be mailed to: Russell Neary Memorial Trust Fund, 30 Far Horizon Drive, Easton, CT 06612

Details for the line of duty death funeral for Lt Russell Neary, Easton Volunteer Fire Company # 1 are as follows. A service will be held at Notre Dame Church, 655 Morehouse Road, Easton CT, Saturday November 3rd at 11 am. Firefighter’s who are planning to attend should park at Samuel Staples Elementary School, 515 Morehouse Road, Easton CT. Please do not bring fire apparatus to the service in order to minimize the traffic in front of the church. Please use Banks road to access Morehouse Road. Banks Road is off of CT route 59, accessible by exit 46 off of the Merritt Parkway or Route 25 in Trumbull. Banks road originates in front of the Easton EMS.

Please plan on Gathering no later than 10 AM. Buses will be provided to transport guest from Samuel Staples to the Easton Country Day School directly across from the Notre Dame Church. Once at the school fire fighters will be directed by the CT Honor Guard as where to line up.

After the service there will be a reception downstairs at the Easton Volunteer Fire Company located at 1 Center road, Easton CT. Phone number is 203-268-2833. If Samuels Staples Elementary School is full overflow parking will be provided at Silverman’s Farm , 451 Sport Hill Road (CT RT 59) Easton, CT