MALVERNE, N.Y. (AP) – A firefighter was crushed to death between his firehouse and a rescue truck being driven by his chief, police said.

Paul Brady, 42, was doing routine maintenance on top of a Malverne Fire Department heavy-duty truck about 10 a.m. Sunday. He fell off the truck when Chief Robert Meyer, not realizing he was on it, drove off, Nassau County police said.

Brady, who was wedged between the truck and the building, suffered massive trauma and was taken by a fire department ambulance to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:11 p.m.

Meyer, 58, was not charged or cited. Investigators believe Brady’s death was an accident, police said. The Highway Patrol Bureau performed a safety check on the rescue truck and then returned it to service.

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