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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities: PA

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 26th and 27th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Robert Neary

Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 60
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 37

Daniel Sweeney

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 5

Date of Incident: 04/09/2012
Time of Incident: 0315hrs
Date of Death: 04/09/2012

Fire Department: Philadelphia Fire Department
Address: Fire Admin Bldg, 240 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19123-2991
Fire Department Chief: Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers

Incident Description: Lieutenant Neary and Firefighter Sweeney, both from Ladder 10, were battling a multi-alarm fire with exposures. While operating inside of one of the exposure structures, a wall collapsed, killing both of them and injuring several other firefighters. Investigation into the incident continues by local and state authorities.
Incident Location: Front Street and York Street (USNG: 18S VK 887 262).
Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney at

To date, 27 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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