About 100 firefighters, paramedics and other FDNY staff gathered outside a Bronx emergency medical services station Saturday, to honor a probationary firefighter who died after suffering a medical episode during a training exercise.
Firefighter Vincent Malveaux, 31, began to feel ill and lost consciousness during an academy training exercise Thursday at the FDNY Training Academy on Randall’s Island. Malveaux, who was affectionately known to his former colleagues as “Pablo,” was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he died Friday.
During Saturday’s ceremony, some of his former co-workers honored his service by huddling together and then hanging a purple and black bunting outside EMS Station 19 in University Heights, where he previously worked as an EMT for four years.
“People get recognized for the most heroic jobs that they do, but Pablo, he was heroic with every job, every patient that he had,” recalled a teary-eyed former colleague Christian Marte to News 12.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro on Friday called Malveaux’s death “a heartbreaking loss of a young man who chose a life of brave service to others, first providing outstanding emergency medical care as an EMT in the Bronx and then training to be a New York City firefighter.”
He added, “Our entire department mourns the passing of this heroic individual who dedicated himself to saving lives.”
The deceased was sworn in as the current probationary firefighter class on Oct. 25 and was one-third finished with his 18 weeks of required training.
City officials said Malveaux is the 1,154th member of the FDNY to die in the line of duty.