NY fire captain dies from COVID-19
New Rochelle Fire Capt. Andrew DiMaggio, 57, was a fire instructor in Westchester County and a 31-year fire service veteran
Duty Death: Andrew DiMaggio - [New Rochelle, New York]
End of Service: 05/03/2020
By Laura French
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — A New York fire captain and fire instructor has died from COVID-19.
New Rochelle Fire Capt. Andrew DiMaggio, 57, died on Sunday after 31 years in the fire service, according to New Rochelle Firefighters UFFA Local 273.
"He was what every firefighter aspires to be," the union wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
DiMaggio joined the New Rochelle Fire Department in 1989, was promoted to lieutenant in 2005 and became a captain in 2012. He was assigned as the training officer of the department and was also an instructor at the Westchester County Career Fire Academy.
"Captain DiMaggio will be missed more than words can express. Andy will always be remembered for his warm smile and strong handshake. While we will be left with an empty space in our hearts, just know that we are all better firefighters because of what you have taught us," the union's statement read.
DiMaggio is survived by his wife Eileen and four children.