Fundraiser For FDNY Engine 226 Firefighter That Drowned In Avon-By-The-Sea That Jumped In To Save Daughter Caught In Rip Current

June 12, 2023

Mark Batista’s family support fund

The gofundme for FDNY Firefighter Mark Batista sponsored by FDNY Engine 226 reads: Still can’t believe any of this is real and we’re having trouble finding the words. Our brother Mark Batista, from Engine 226, passed away June 9th, 2023 while saving his daughter from drowning. In one final act of love and heroism, he jumped in after his daughter, Leann, who was caught in a rip current. His son Jhonner called 911 having witnessed what just happened and rescuers were able to save his daughter. She is alive and well. Tragically, Mark was found shortly after and had passed away.

Mark always put his family first. In many conversations, he would describe how his loving wife, Lenin, brings him peace. How proud he is of his sons and how his princess Leann was his world. He would visit his grandmother at a nursing home before and after every tour he worked and when he wasn’t responding to the various emergencies of New York City, he would be FaceTiming his daughter and speaking to members about fatherhood.

In the firehouse, he was always a pleasure to work with. Always keeping a positive outlook on life. He was very loved and respected. You knew you had someone you can count on to get the job done if he was working.

While we stand in solace with Mark’s family during this time, his family has a long tough road ahead. His passing leaves behind the family he worked so hard to support. He is survived by his loving wife Lenin, his two sons Derek and Jhonner and of course his daughter Leann. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards supporting the family during this trying time.

Mark Batista’s family support fund (gofundme verified)

The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York wrote:

It is with a heavy heart that the UFA announce the death of Active Firefighter Mark Batista from Engine 226.

This tragic and sudden loss is devastating to all who knew him and worked with him, especially his family. Through his many years of service, first as an EMT and then as a Firefighter for the past 10 years, he showed how much of a hard worker he is and someone who loves his family. During this difficult time, the UFA will continue to support his family and his firehouse as they continue to grieve his loss.

Rest in Peace brother, you are dearly missed.