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Top Stories 2012: Larchmont Police Captain Killed in Fire

Larchmont Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan died in a house fire along with three members of his family in May.
Larchmont Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan died in a house fire along with three members of his family in May. Photo Credit: File Photo

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Mamaroneck Daily Voice will head into the new year by counting down, in no particular order, the top 10 headlines from 2012 .

A Larchmont police captain, his wife and two teenage daughters were killed when a fire tore through their Carmel home early on the morning of May 1.

Police said Thomas Sullivan, 48, tried to help his family get out of the inferno. His body was found on the deck of the home. Inside were the bodies of his wife, Donna, 47, and the couple's daughters Megan, 17, and Mairead, 12,

Police said the fire started when Sullivan's 20-year-old son flicked a cigarette butt off the front porch of the home.  Police said the fire was accidental and no charges were filed.

"He was the heart of the police department," Mayor Anne McAndrews said in May. "He was a wonderful man and a wonderful police officer, and we're just stunned by this loss, not only to his family, but to this family, the village family."

Josh Mandell, who preceded McAndrews as mayor, said Sullivan was always welcoming and, as such, got to know him before joining the board.

"He was probably one of the police officers that residents felt most comfortable interacting with," said Mandell. "He was a good man with a big heart and a big smile. He always did his job with a smile."

Sullivan started his career with the New York City Police Department in 1986. He joined the Larchmont department in 1992.

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