Larchmont Police Captain, Wife and Two Daughters Die in Carmel Fire
01 May, 2012
By Polly Kreisman
Larchmont police Capt. Thomas Sullivan, 48, his wife, 47, and daughters Meaghan, 17, and Mairead, 12, died this morning in a house fire in Carmel. A 20 year old son remains hospitalized.
The Larchmont Police Chief and a Lieutenant remain at the scene at 19 Wyndham Lane in Carmel, where the family lived. Carmel Fire Chief Bob Lipton said the fire was so hot when firefighters arrived that it was impossible for them control it.
At a news conference, Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell said of the son, whom she knows, “This community will wrap their arms around him.”
In published reports, former Larchmont Mayor Josh Mandell said “He was a wonderful, big-hearted, larger-than- life figure. He was one of those guys who defined small –town policing. He interacted cordially with everyone in town”
Sullivan was with the Larchmont Police force for 19 years, after serving six years with New York City police as a community patrol officer in the 47th Precinct in the Bronx.
Sullivan also coached youth baseball in Carmel.