Theodore J. Abriel Sr.

Theodore J. Abriel Sr.

Submitted by his Wife

Theodore J. Abriel
Albany Fire Department – New York
Classification:Career
Rank: Acting Lieutenant
Date of Death: February 19‚ 2007
Age: 44

Theodore J. Abriel‚ 44‚ died in the line of duty on Monday‚ February 19‚ 2007. Ted spent twenty years with the Albany Fire Department and last served as acting Lieutenant of the Rescue Squad. He was a dedicated public servant and had tremendous passion for being a fire fighter and member of the Albany Fire Department Family. Ted‚ like his father‚ Battalion Chief Warren Abriel‚ comes from several generations of Albany fire fighters spanning over two hundred years‚ as do his brothers Deputy Chief Warren Abriel Jr. and retired Captain Henry Abriel.

More than just a firefighter‚ Ted had a passion for his family and friends. He is survived by his wife‚ Linda and four children‚ Christopher‚ Matthew‚ Theodore Jr. and his beloved daughter Erin. He spent countless weekends coaching baseball and watching his three boys play in football games. He was an avid NY Giants football fan‚ known to travel to as many games as he could. He was known as the ‘party’ of his neighborhood‚ always including everyone for weekend barbeques. Hundreds came at Christmas time to view his Holiday light display. Ted will be forever in our hearts and prayers. His memory will never be forgotten. We will always remember to follow the rainbow; he will be waiting on the other side.

Submitted by a Co-Worker and Friend

Ted had just completed 20 years with the fire department. He was a member of the city’s Rescue Squad and the leader of the department’s Honor Guard.

Ted was operating at a high-rise apartment building when he was stricken. He had completed‚ as he always did‚ his assignment of climbing 6 stories and searching the fire apartment with his partner.

He is survived by his wife and children‚ his older brother‚ Deputy Chief Warren Abriel Jr.‚ Captain Henry Abriel and numerous other loving family and friends. He is predeceased by his father‚ Deputy Chief Warren Abriel Sr.

Ted led fund raising efforts for widows and survivors of fallen FDNY brothers after 911. He raised funds for a slain Albany Police Lieutenant.

I am told Ted always aspired to be an Albany Fire Fighter and was often seen carrying the Fire Chief’s Handbook in high school.

His death is a great loss to me‚ the Fire Department and the City of Albany.

Howard R. Schmitt Sr.

Submitted by his daughter

Joined the AFD in April of 1959. Served in Naval Reserves until 1963. Was son of FF Frederick Schmitt‚ who died in the line of duty when my dad was only 9 mos. of age.

My dad left behind a wife (married since 1958) Reba‚ daughters Mary (and spouse Scott); Peg (and spouse Larry); Susan; son Howard‚ Jr. and spouse Maryann. Two grandchildren‚ Samantha Schmitt and Charles Caplette.

This year is the 10th anniversary of dad’s death‚ and we want to say that we love and miss him – and think of him every day.

Joseph J. McNally

There is no profile listed for this fallen firefighter.

David D. Duncan Jr.

There is no profile listed for this fallen firefighter.

Frank J. Nerney

Submitted by his daughter

Lieutenant Nerney was a member of the Albany Fire Department. He was stationed at Ladder 4 at the time of his death. His death occurred at an arson fire on Delaware Avenue in Albany‚ NY.

He was also a member of the Shaker Road-Loudonville Volunteer Fire Department where he was Chief at the time of his death.

Surivors include: Wife – Joan Nerney (deceased March 24‚ 1994); Son – Francis J. Nerney‚ Jr. (currently serving as a Captain with the Albany Fire Department); Daughter – Patricia Leonardo; Son – Timothy F. Nerney (serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Shaker Road Loudonville Volunteer Fire Department); and five grandchildren – Alyson Nerney‚ Michael Leonardo‚ Ryan Nerney‚ Matthew Leonardo and Shaun Leonardo.

Growing up‚ we were always amazed that no matter where we went‚ Dad would always run into someone that he knew. He always had a funny joke or story to tell.

Frank’s father‚ also Francis‚ was a member of Albany Protectives. His brother John also was a member of the Albany Fire Department.

Frank’s son‚ Francis J. Nerney‚ now serves as a Deputy Chief with the Albany Fire Department.