Malloy mourns loss of Easton firefighter, praises work of responders

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said during his 6 p.m. press briefing that he visited firefighters in Easton and Greenwich on Tuesday.

In Easton, Malloy mourned the loss of Lt. Russ Neary, who died while on a call after a limb fell on him.

“(He) died doing what he loved most, trying to help people. We thank him for his service and sacrifice,” Malloy said, adding his condolences to his family.

During the news conference, CL&P senior vice president Bill Quinlan said Neary’s brother is a CL&P employee, working as a safety administrator, and expressed his condolences to Neary’s family as well.

After leaving Easton, Malloy met with firefighters in Greenwich, who in 60 mph winds battled a fire on Binney Lane that spread from one house to two others. He praised their efforts in keeping the fire from spreading to other houses.

“It was an amazing piece of work,” he said.

Tom Cleary