Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta announced today the death of Firefighter Daniel F. Pujdak of Ladder Company 146 in Brooklyn.
Firefighter Pujdak, 23, was fatally injured this afternoon while battling an all-hands fire at 83 Meserole St. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.
Preliminary reports indicate Firefighter Pujdak was operating on the roof of a four-story apartment building when he fell to the ground and sustained critical injuries. He was transported to Bellevue Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Firefighter Pujdak, a resident of Fresh Meadows, Queens, was appointed to the FDNY on September 25, 2005.
Firefighters received a call for a fire at 4:54 p.m. at 83 Meserole St. Upon arrival, a fire was discovered in a fourth-floor apartment and was soon brought under control. Approximately 60 firefighters and 12 units responded. There were no other reported injuries.
Fire marshals determined the fire was accidental and appears to have been caused by careless smoking. The investigation is continuing.
This is the first line of duty death since Firefighter Michael C. Reilly of Engine Company 75 and Lieutenant Howard J. Carpluk Jr. of Engine Company 42 made the Supreme Sacrifice while battling a third-alarm fire in the South Bronx on August 27, 2006.
Firefighter Pujdak is the 1,135th member of the New York City Fire Department to make the Supreme Sacrifice in the Department's 143-year history.
Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon (FDNY) (718) 999-2056