Honoring a hero

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On Wednesday, Feb. 23, the Islip community mourned the loss of FDNY firefighter Jesse Gerhard. Gerhard, 33, died the day after battling a blaze in Far Rockaway. His wake was held at Frederick J. Chapey Funeral Home in East Islip and a funeral mass was held at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Bay Shore. Thousands of firefighters and mourners gathered around the church to honor Gerhard, and flags from various local fire districts lined the route from East Islip to Bay Shore.

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