Volunteer Firefighter Michael Esposito Dies Following Blaze In Baldwin

BALDWIN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A firefighter has died responding to an early morning blaze on Grand Avenue in Baldwin Wednesday.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs Hears From A Neighbor

Emergency personnel are seen in front of a house following a fire that left a firefighter dead - Baldwin, NY - May 18, 2011 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Emergency personnel are seen in front of a house following a fire that left a firefighter dead - Baldwin, NY - May 18, 2011 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Volunteer firefighter Michael Esposito, 43, was complaining of shortness of breath when he arrived for duty at the firehouse, sources tell 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. 

Apparently, his condition worsened while responding to a fire which broke out at a private residence around 3 :45 a.m.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports: Fallen Firefighter Felt Ill After Arriving At Scene

Officials said Esposito became ill at the scene and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died.

It is not clear if he had heart problems.

bsaldwin fire 002 Volunteer Firefighter Michael Esposito Dies Following Blaze In Baldwin

Black bunting has been put up on the trucks at the Baldwin Fire House to honor Michael Esposito (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Baldwin Fire Chief Kevin Smith said Esposito was a former captain and 21-year member of the department.

Firefighters at the Baldwin firehouse have put up a black bunting and the American flag at half staff to honor their fallen comrade.

“He was a very friendly guy, very outgoing, very active in the community as well as the department,” Smith said.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Eight adults and one child managed to get out of the home safely, the Red Cross said.

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  • Joel

    We mourn the loss of a fellow Long Island firefighter, are prayers go to his family.

  • FugFuu

    Wow, what a major loss to the community. RIP


  • Mike

    My Condolences and prayer’s go out to his family and loved ones.
    Another brother has gone home.
    R.I.P Mike.

  • Mike Johnson

    I have worked with firefighters regarding health problems.
    Most people do not realize that the number one cause of death for firefighters is heart attacks. Even young men have heart attacks due to the stress of the job, the long shift hours, the heavy equipment they wear, and inhaling smoke and toxic fumes. Many states have recognized that heart attacks for firefighters are job related and accept them as presumed to be job injuries.
    We all need to appreciate the fine men and women who basically risk their lives and destroy their health to protect us and our cities.
    We owe all of them a lot of thanks.

    • lisa simone

      Have some respect until you walk in our shoes don’t presume to make judgment you are lucky you didn’t say that to my face .. RIP brother we will miss you

    • Tom Gaffney

      The ignorance demonstrated by your spelling and grammar is execeeded only by the stupidity of your comment

    • Theresa

      Can you do all this Lar…….
      The Officers and Members of the Baldwin Fire Dept, The Officers and members of Hose Company 1 and The Members of the Baldwin Tomcats Drill team. Annouce the Line of Duty Death of Ex-Captian Mike Esposito. Mike passed away while fighting a fully involved ho…use fire this morning. Mike was a Digger, Backup man in motor pump and our lifter in buckets. He more importantly was a good friend and an Important piece of the Tomcats Drill Team will be missed dearly by everyone.

      Becareful walking down your driveway…..never know

  • Bobby

    after 21 years of serving the community……another angel taken away from us.
    may god bless you and your family

  • Howie Sprague

    Condolences to his family and his Brother & Sister Firefighters … May he rest in peace.

  • dp

    RIP and thank you for your great services over the years.

  • Sammy Perlmutter

    Rest in Peace brother.

  • a. shapiro

    Many thanks for your service and sincere condolences to your family and BFD.

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  • Ron

    RIP and God Bless you and your family.

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