INWOOD, N.Y. (AP) - Firefighters from around the country have honored the memory of a volunteer firefighter who died after battling a Long Island house fire.
Joseph Sanford Jr. died Dec. 23 of injuries he sustained at the Dec. 19 fire in Woodmere.
Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1rzUEMN ) that thousands of firefighters attended Sanford’s funeral Wednesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Inwood.
The Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band played “Taps” as the 43-year-old Sanford’s family, friends and colleagues entered the church.
Mike Lombardo, a retired chief of the Buffalo Fire Department, said, “One of our brothers died.”
Sanford was a 17-year veteran of the Inwood Volunteer Fire Department.
He was employed by the Nassau County Public Works Department.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, and their 19-year-old daughter, Janisha.
Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com
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