FDNY Firefighter Killed Crossing Street

Firefighter struck dead on L.I.

An off-duty city firefighter was run over and killed as he tried to cross a busy Long Island road early yesterday, officials said.
David Minerly, 27, an FDNY member for six years, was trying to cross Route 110 in Melville just before 2 a.m. when he was hit by a 2003 Hyundai, officials said.

“He was very proud to be a fireman and everyone he worked with said he was great at what he did,” the victim’s devastated father, Nelson, said from the family’s home in Ozone Park, Queens.

“He’s not coming home anymore,” Minerly’s father said, choking back tears. “I just can’t get by that.”

David Minerly, who sources said worked with the Emergency Medical Service before becoming a firefighter three years ago, had been stationed at Engine 324 in Corona. All of the grieving firefighters at the Horace Harding Expressway firehouse – which was draped in black-and-purple mourning bunting last night – were given the day off.

Minerly was apparently walking back to the Hilton Long Island/Huntington when he was struck. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Plainview Hospital.

The driver, 47-year-old Gerard Ragone of Mattituck, L.I., was treated for minor injuries and released. No charges have been filed, though the car was impounded for a safety check, police said.

Jonathan Lemire and Brendan Brosh

Originally published on December 3, 2006