Many in town honored and remembered Easton’s own Russell Neary, an Easton Volunteer Fire Department Lieutenant, on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. For newcomers to our town, Neary was a hometown hero who died in the line of duty on Oct. 29, 2012 as the storm raged.

Russell F. Neary died on Oct. 29‚ 2012‚ in the line of duty‚ while assisting Easton residents during the height of Hurricane Sandy.

The Easton Volunteer Fire Department paid tribute to Neary on its Facebook page on Saturday with a message of remembrance. “We miss our friend Russ Neary,” the post said. “Today our thoughts are of Russ and with all those that love him.”

In addition to being a 13-year veteran volunteer fireman who served as president of the company, Neary was also a volunteer emergency medical responder with Easton EMS, which marked the 10th anniversary of his passing with its own heartfelt tribute on social media.

The Easton Police Department also honored and remembered their friend and colleague. “Russ is always in our thoughts and we are grateful to have worked alongside him,” they wrote.

Neary served the Easton community in countless ways and is deeply missed by his family, many friends and colleagues.

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