Easton Fire Chief Jim Girardi regretfully informs the public of the passing of Lt. Russell F. Neary, 55, president of the Easton Volunteer Fire Company#1.
Lt. Neary died in the line of duty on Monday, Oct. 29, having served the department for 10 years. Lt. Neary was clearing tree debris from a roadway when another tree fell on him.
The Easton Volunteer Fire Company and the Easton Fire Department are making preparations for the line of duty death services honoring Lt. Neary.
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 and 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 and directions are as follows:
Memorial service will be held at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 655 Morehouse Road, Easton, Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m.
Firefighters who are planning to attend should park at Samuel Staples Elementary School, 515 Morehouse Road, Easton.
Do not bring fire apparatus to the service in order to minimize the traffic in front of the church. Use Banks Road to access Morehouse Road. Banks Road is off Route 59, accessible by exit 46 of the Merritt Parkway or Route 25 in Trumbull. Banks Road originates in front of the Easton Emergency Medical Service.
Plan on gathering no later than 10 a.m. Buses will be provided to take guests from Samuel Staples to the Easton Country Day School directly across from the Notre Dame Church. Once at the school, firefighters will be directed by the Connecticut Honor Guard as to where to line up.
After the service there will be a reception downstairs at the Easton Volunteer Fire Company at 1 Center road, Easton. Phone number is 203-268-2833. If Samuel Staples Elementary School is full, overflow parking will be provided at Silverman’s Farm , 451 Sport Hill Road (Connecticut Route 59) in Easton.