Edward “Eddie” Thomas Meehan was born on May 15, 1958. He was appointed to the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) on July 6, 1983, and served his first eight years in the quarters of Ladder Company 45. He knew that being a firefighter is an honorable and prestigious profession that is not compensated with currency as much as it generates other rewards. On July 15, 1995, Edward was promoted to lieutenant, after which he worked in different companies around the city before being based with Ladder 22 in Manhattan, where he would spend most of his career years.
Lieutenant Meehan chose to spend the final months of his career teaching at the FDNY Academy. He was honored at the Irish Echo’s First Responders Awards in November of 2017 after retiring on October 1, 2017.
Lieutenant Meehan died on February 2, 2018, from an illness related to his response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
He is survived by his wife, Allison; children, Emmet and Madeline; and siblings, Jerry, Michael, and Regina.