Norwalk Fire Department, Connecticut • Line of Duty Death: November 2, 2023

Norwalk Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Luca A. Feola passed away on November 2, 2023 after battling service-related brain cancer.

Feola was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut by his Italian parents. As a child, he could often be found in his neighborhood and community, in search of finding adventures with his closest friends. Additionally, his parents owned an Italian restaurant in Fairfield, Connecticut, where Feola helped as needed. His parents brought their children to the beloved Ponza, Italy to learn about their roots and visit family every few summers. Feola’s siblings depended on him and sought his advice and humor when they needed a good laugh. His interests included building and taking things apart, cars, driving, adventure, bike riding, and music. Feola and his wife, Rebecca, met in 2005 on On July 21, 2005, they met in person for the first time and their lives forever changed. Each day afterwards was met with countless adventures together. On November 10, 2007, the pair was married.

Having always found a joy in helping others, paired with his love for his country and a desire to pay it forward, Feola enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1996. He served for six years, earning the rank of Corporal, before being hired by the Norwalk Fire Department on November 15, 2004. He served on the line for just over six years before being promoted to Fire Inspector in the Fire Marshal’s Office, later earning the title of Deputy Fire Marshal. He was always the first to respond with unconditional support in both his job and with family and friends. Feola loved the brotherhood in both the Marine Corps as well as the Fire Department. He formed bonds that lasted a lifetime and were based on trust, faith, respect, and love. Feola unexpectedly passed away on the evening of November 2, 2023 at Griffin Rehabilitation Hospital, after a five-month-long battle with Squamous Carcinoma of the brain.

Rebecca currently resides in Connecticut with her two daughters and Goldendoodle. Her interests and hobbies have always been writing and drawing. She promised Feola that she would write her first children’s book, which has now evolved into the story of herself and her husband. She works as an Assistant Principal, which she finds very rewarding and fulfilling. Rebecca and her husband both found jobs that supported and upheld their strong values and beliefs to pay it forward. To continue his legacy, she and her daughters will be continuing to support the Norwalk Fire Department family by volunteering in any way possible. In the future, she is most excited to continue to watch her children grow and become beautiful women. The Tunnel to Towers foundation has taken a huge financial burden off of her shoulders, resulting in the ability to provide a future of opportunities for her children as they learn to navigate their new normal. Finally, Rebecca would like others to know that even in times of difficulty, her husband would always follow the main pillar of the US Marine Corps: “Adapt and Overcome.” He was strong, both on the inside and out, stressed the importance of family, faith, and love, and always remembered to “pay it forward.”

Norwalk Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Luca A. Feola is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca, and his beautiful daughters.