NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – New Haven officials say a city firefighter has died of a brain injury 10 days after falling at a fire station.

Mayor John DeStefano Jr. says Patrick Reardon, a 14-year department veteran, died Tuesday afternoon. He had been in critical condition at the Hospital of St. Raphael since April 11, when he fell and struck his head at the Dixwell fire station.

DeStefano says Reardon and his family have a “great tradition” with the fire department, where Reardon’s father is a retired captain and his uncle was the chief.

Reardon was on duty when he fell, but was not on an emergency call.

Department officials have not disclosed specifics of the incident, but say the city will treat Reardon’s death as a casualty in the line of duty.


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