Probationary firefighter from Brooklyn suffers medical episode, dies during training
A 31-year-old probationary firefighter from Brooklyn died after suffering a medical episode during a training session on Randall's Island, FDNY officials announced.
Vincent Malveaux, 31, was transported to Harlem Hospital Thursday after the medical episode where he died, says Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro.
"This is a heartbreaking loss of a young man who chose a life of brave service to others, first providing outstanding emergency medical care as an EMT in the Bronx and then training to be a New York City Firefighter," says Nigro.
The commissioner says Malveaux was “doing fabulously at the academy, was extremely fit.” He went on to say he enjoyed the job he was doing.
Malveaux was sworn into the current probationary firefighter class on Oct. 15 this year, and was in week six of his 18 weeks of training.
Prior to the Fire Academy, he graduated from the FDNY EMS Academy at Fort Totten in Oct. 2017, and then went on to serve as an FDNY EMT for four years while assigned to Station 19 in the Bronx.
At a press conference, Nigro stated Malveaux’s death will be ruled as a “medical event that is under investigation”. His body will be taken to the medical examiner for further review.
Malveaux is the 1,154th member of the FDNY to die in the line-of-duty. He is survived by his parents, Loyd and Vincent.
The last member of the department to die in the line of duty was Lt. Brian J. Sullivan of Squad Company 41 in the Bronx, who died on Aug. 10, 2019.
"From his work as an EMT, to his new path as a Probationary Firefighter, Vincent Malveaux found meaning and purpose in serving others. There is no higher calling than that," says Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We are devastated by his loss, and our entire city grieves together with his family, friends, and colleagues."