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Donnalynn Darling Noted in NY Post, "'Black Sunday' FDNY Widow Files Suit"

Sep 29, 2005

Media Source: New York Post & WCBS-TV


A firefighter widow charges that the FDNY's failure to issue her husband a rope led to his death in a fire earlier this year.

'I'm angry. A lousy piece of rope could've brought him down 10 feet to the next window,' a tearful Jeanette Meyran said.

Her lawyer, Donnalynn Darling, held a rope outside Bronx Supreme Court, where they announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against the city and the Bronx building's landlord.

Lt. Curtis Meyran, 46, of Battalion 26, died along with firefighter John Bellew, 37, of Ladder 27, on 'Black Sunday' - Jan. 23 - as they battled a blaze on East 178th Street in the Morris Heights section.

Both men had been forced to jump from a fourth-floor window when they became trapped. A city investigation found that they might have been saved by personal safety rope.