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NYC firefighter Derek Floyd dies of cardiac arrest after being displaced to fund migrant crisis

In a heartbreaking turn of events, FDNY firefighter Derek Floyd, aged 36, passed away from a heart attack several months after being dismissed from his job. Floyd's termination was part of New York City's initiative to allocate funds for addressing the migrant crisis, which involved significant budget cuts to various departments, including the Fire Department. The city's increased efforts to finance housing services for thousands of migrants led to Floyd's dismissal.

Tragically, Floyd suffered a cardiac arrest on April 15, resulting in his untimely death. He leaves behind his widow, Christine, and their two children, who are now grappling with the loss and financial strain. Prior to his termination, Floyd was endeavoring to obtain medical clearance to return to active duty as a firefighter.

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Floyd, a veteran who had served three tours with the Marines in the Middle East, had been assigned to a desk job in the Fire Department chaplain's office following a heart attack in 2019. Despite facing health challenges, he remained dedicated to his work, particularly in organizing funerals for fallen FDNY members.

Following his dismissal, Floyd struggled to find stable employment and resorted to working with a non-profit organization assisting veterans, where his earnings were significantly lower than his FDNY salary. This change not only impacted Floyd financially but also deprived him of precious time with his children.

Christine Floyd expressed the profound impact of Derek's termination on their family, highlighting the financial struggles and emotional toll they now face. She emphasized Derek's passion for firefighting and his devotion to their children, underscoring the significant loss they now endure.

The circumstances surrounding Floyd's dismissal have sparked outrage and criticism, with many condemning the decision as unnecessary and unjust. Union officials and colleagues lamented the loss of an invaluable member of the FDNY and emphasized the detrimental effects of budget cuts on essential services.

In response to Floyd's passing, Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh pledged support for his family and vowed to explore all available avenues to assist them during this challenging time. Additionally, efforts have been initiated to provide financial aid to Floyd's family, including the establishment of a scholarship fund and a crowdfunding campaign.

Derek Floyd's legacy as a courageous and dedicated public servant lives on, as friends, colleagues, and community members rally together to honor his memory and support his grieving family during this difficult period.

April 29, 2024 5:59 p.m. 9058

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