Larchmont and Mamaroneck Volunteer Firefighter, New York • Line of Duty Death: November 12, 2022
On November 12, 2022, Larchmont and Mamaroneck volunteer firefighter Brian Payne passed away due to a 9/11-related illness.
Born in 1967 in Larchmont, New York, Payne graduated from Iona Prep before attending University of Maryland and graduating from Iona College. He began his career in pharmaceutical and biotech sales, where he played a significant role in introducing new cancer screening for women’s health, which ultimately led to a decrease in cervical cancer deaths. Payne worked for Mayo Clinic starting in 2018, where he sold neurology testing to hospitals in the state of Connecticut. As his children were growing, he became passionate about local youth sports and held a second job as a youth hockey, baseball, softball, and basketball coach.
Starting in 1989, on top of working his two existing jobs, Payne also served as a volunteer firefighter and as chief for three years during his time at the Larchmont Fire Department. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Payne was assigned to Ground Zero. Starting in 2007, to the time of his untimely death, he was a volunteer firefighter at the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department. Payne served a total of 33 honorable years as a volunteer firefighter. He loved the sense of community that both fire departments brought him.
Payne enjoyed spending time with his family and friends outside of work at home and at the Larchmont Shore Club. He and his family enjoyed each other’s company at their Block Island, Rhode Island home, where they loved the beaches, fishing, and swimming. Friends and family describe Payne as having touched countless lives in a positive manner.
Brian Payne is survived by his wife, Sue, his children: Charlotte, Will, Margo, and Elise; his siblings: Tammy, Janet, Tara, Kevin, Michael, and Richard; and many nieces and nephews.