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Retired FDNY firefighter, 53, surrenders to authorities for storming Capitol building

A retired New York firefighter from Long Island has been arrested for being part of the MAGA mob that stormed the US Capitol on January 6.

Thomas Fee, 53, of Freeport, Long Island, surrendered to authorities on Tuesday. 

Fee, who retired from the FDNY last October after 22 years of service, faces charges in Washington of disorderly conduct and entering a restricted building without permission. 

He texted a selfie of himself to his girlfriend's sibling from the Capitol rotunda when a stream of Trump supporters stormed into the building. He described himself as part of the 'tip of the spear,' prosecutors say.

Retired New York firefighter Thomas Fee, 53, of Long Island, surrendered to authorities on Tuesday for his role in storming the US Capitol on January 6. He texted a selfie of himself (right) to his girlfriend's sibling from the Capitol rotunda when a stream of Trump supporters stormed into the building. He described himself as part of the 'tip of the spear,' prosecutors say.

The FBI in New York shared this statement following his arrest

He also allegedly sent that person a video in which people were yelling 'tyranny' and 'Pelosi'.

The unidentified man, an agent with the US Diplomatic Security Service, initially deleted those messages but later recovered them and contacted authorities, according to court papers. 

The FBI in New York shared a statement following his arrest Tuesday saying: 'Thomas Fee is alleged to have illegally made his way into our Nation’s house. Today, we invited him into ours.'

He’s expected to make an initial court appearance in New York Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Fee’s white Chevy Taho was seen traveling west on the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge the morning before the riot and it returned one day after the siege, as per ABC7.

During his time with the FDNY he was honored after he rescued 13 people, including a pregnant woman and several kids, from flooding when Superstorm Sandy hit on October 29, 2012. In 2004 he was suspended from being a volunteer firefighter in Hempstead for yelling racial slurs at a black cardiologist who walked past the firehouse on three or four occasions.

Fee pictured above in this undated Facebook photo

During his time with the FDNY he was honored after he rescued 13 people, including a pregnant woman and several kids, from flooding when Superstorm Sandy hit on October 29, 2012.

In 2004 he was suspended from being a volunteer firefighter in Hempstead for yelling racial slurs at a black cardiologist who walked past the firehouse on three or four occasions.

He was also suspended from the Hempstead Fire Department in 2001 for speaking with media after rescuing two men. Then he was awarded the Silver Medal for Valor for his efforts in for that rescue one year later.

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