Easton Volunteer Fire Company Line of Duty Death

It is with deep regret the Easton Volunteer Fire Company announced the line of duty death of Lt. Russell Neary, a lifelong resident of Easton and a 13-year veteran of the volunteer fire department, according to Selectman Robert Lessler. His brother is Easton Fire Marshal Peter Neary. Neary was working to remove debris from a road during Hurricane Sandy when he was struck by a falling tree Monday evening. Our sincere condolences go to Chief Jim Giardi, members of the EVFC and to the Neary family. The entire fire service of Connecticut mourns Lt. Neary's loss.

Lt Neary leaves behind his loving wife Maryanne and two beautiful daughters Caitlin and Cara. He is also survived by his brother, Peter, the fire marshal for the Easton fire department. Donations in Russell's memory can be made to Russell Neary Memorial Trust Fund to benefit Joel Barlow High School’s Girls Cross Country & Track and Field Teams and The American Red Cross. Donations may be mailed to: Russell Neary Memorial Trust Fund, 30 Far Horizon Drive, Easton, CT 06612

The Easton Volunteer Fire Company and the Easton Fire Department are making preparations for the line of duty death services honoring Lt Neary. Details are as follows:  

Details for the line of duty death funeral for Lt Russell Neary, Easton Volunteer Fire Company # 1 are as follows. A memorial service will be held at Notre Dame Church, 655 Morehouse Road, Easton CT, Saturday November 3rd at 11 am. Firefighter’s who are planning to attend should park at Samuel Staples Elementary School, 515 Morehouse Road, Easton CT. Please do not bring fire apparatus to the service in order to minimize the traffic in front of the church. Please use Banks road to access Morehouse Road. Banks Road is off of CT route 59, accessible by exit 46 off of the Merritt Parkway or Route 25 in Trumbull. Banks road originates in front of the Easton EMS.

Please plan on Gathering no later than 10 AM. Buses will be provided to transport guest from Samuel Staples to the Easton Country Day School directly across from the Notre Dame Church. Once at the school fire fighters will be directed by the CT Honor Guard as where to line up.

After the service there will be a reception downstairs at the Easton Volunteer Fire Company located at 1 Center road, Easton CT. Phone number is 203-268-2833. If Samuels Staples Elementary School is full overflow parking will be provided at Silverman’s Farm , 451 Sport Hill Road (CT RT 59) Easton, CT