Malloy orders flags at half-staff for Easton firefighter

From Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy directed Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Saturday in honor of Lieutenant Russell F. Neary, the Easton firefighter who was killed in the line of duty during Storm Sandy.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Lt. Neary’s family, friends, and fellow firefighters during this terrible time,” said Governor Malloy. “He died in the line of duty doing what he loved to do: helping people. This was a devastating storm for the region, made exponentially worse by the death of Lt. Neary and the three Connecticut residents who lost their lives. Connecticut’s first responders put themselves in harm’s way every single day, and we are deeply grateful for their work and the sacrifices they make on behalf of the state. ”

“We join the Neary family and the Town of Easton in mourning the tragic loss of Lt. Neary,” said Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman. “We are very proud and grateful for the work our fire, police, and emergency services personnel are doing to help Connecticut residents recover from Storm Sandy—and the work they do every day to protect us. Lt. Neary was a critical part of Easton’s response team, and his loss will be felt every day.”

Neary served as a volunteer firefighter for the Easton fire department for thirteen years. He will be buried on Saturday.

A memorial Mass will take place on Saturday, November 3rd at 11:00 AM at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 655 Morehouse Road in Easton. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Russell Neary Memorial Trust Fund to benefit Joel Barlow High School’s Girls Cross Country & Girls Track and Field Teams and the American Red Cross. Donations may be mailed to: Russell Neary Memorial Trust Fund, 30 Far Horizon Dr., Easton,CT 06612.

Jim Shay