Local firefighter plans memorial procession for Warren assistant fire chief killed in shooting

WARREN, R.I. (WLNE) – Funeral services are set for Warren’s assistant fire chief who was shot and killed last week at the Italo-American Club.

Brian Remy, 66, was one of two men shot inside the club last Thursday, according to police. Remy, who served the volunteer fire department for more than 40 years, was pronounced dead on scene. The second man was transported to the hospital.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, September 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral & Memorial Services on Schoolhouse Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 9, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Bay Church on Main Street, and burial will follow in St. Jean the Baptiste Cemetery on Vernon Street.

Following the wake, a local firefighter is planning a memorial procession.

“That’s the last thing you wanna hear is a firefighter, let alone a chief, being shot and killed trying to help somebody else. Whatever happened in that bar, nobody knows…but we do know he stepped in the middle to break up something,” said Aaron Gallucci, president of First Responder Angels.

Gallucci started the non-profit last year after he was almost killed when a DUI driver hit his tow truck on Route 95.

“After I got released (from the hospital), I said, you know what…first responders get hit all the time whether it’s cop, firefighter, tow operator, whatever the case may be, I said, you know what, I’m gonna start a nonprofit organization.”

First Responder Angels have done “memorial rides” or processions for countless fallen heroes since its founding.

“I had to do something. Absolutely,” Gallucci said after hearing what happened to Remy.

The procession will start Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at 360 Market Street and will travel down Metacomet and end at the fire department on Joyce Street. The general public is asked to watch from the street.

In the procession will be police officers, firefighters, EMS workers and tow truck drivers.

“So far, you can expect a pretty large crowd, pretty large gathering. I’m kind of advising everyone to stay along Metacom Avenue, between Franklin Street and Seymour Street, to watch the procession go by.”

A 30-foot American flag will be hung and there will be a moment of silence.

Warren Fire Chief James Souza said he’s “honored” to have the tribute come through town to honor Remy.

Gallucci, a volunteer firefighter himself in Lincoln, said while he didn’t personally know Remy, he’s happy to honor another hero.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re paid or volunteer. You still do the same job. If you die in the line of duty, I’m there, we’re there, everybody’s there for you.”

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Brian Remy Scholarship Fund at Roger Williams University. To donate, click here.

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