Lieutenant Brian J. Sullivan was a member of the FDNY for 27 years, working in three houses over his career, Ladder 122, Squad 252, and Squad 41. Brian became a lieutenant as a way to further his contribution to the job and protecting the City of New York. He always was a leader in the firehouse, whether it was leading the men through a tough situation during a fire or leading them through a shop class on how to make something for their homes.
Brian was also a leader in his home life. Husband of 28 years to Irene and father to Nicole and Samantha, Brian always led them through life and gave them everything he could to make them happy. Brian loved his job, but even more so loved his family and friends. Brian grew up with two older brothers, John and Danny, and a younger sister, Cathy. Through his siblings, Brian became the fun uncle or “funcle” to 13 nieces and nephews. He was always able to light up the room with his bright smile and warm hugs and grabbed the attention of anyone in the room with his captivating stories of his younger years that left everyone laughing and smiling.
Brian also loved sports. Growing up, he was a Rangers, Giants, and Mets fan, and he remained true to his teams throughout his life, no matter how they may have played during a season. He loved taking his family to games and watching them at his homemade tiki bar at his house with friends and family around to cheer them on. Brian loved home improvements and making his house something his whole family could enjoy. His biggest and proudest project was his Tiki Bar outside by the pool. This was a place where everyone could gather during the summer and even through the fall to relax, unwind, laugh, and watch opening day baseball, football, or hockey.
Brian was many things during his time on earth, but most importantly he was kind, caring, compassionate, and loving to all. Through his job in the FDNY, Brian has made so many friends who have become like family to him and the girls, and he has also made himself a legacy that will live forever. Brian was always there to give advice on home projects, how to map out the perfect vacation, or even just to lend an ear to someone who needs to talk. Though he is no longer with us physically, his presence is larger than life itself and could never be taken away. In his home and at the firehouse he is still always there to help everyone through a tough situation or to show he is there watching over us all.