Firefighter Killed on 9/11
Honored Four Years Later
NEW YORK -- Just days short of the fourth anniversary of his death, a firefighter lost in the World Trade Center was hailed at his funeral for his passion for service.
Gerard Baptiste's remains were not identified until earlier this year. With the echo of bagpipes and the firefighters in dress uniform, the services for him at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral were eerily reminiscent of countless others in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Baptiste was one of three firefighters from Ladder 9 in the East Village to die at ground zero.
Fire officials held a memorial service for Baptiste on Nov. 16, 2001. After the remains were identified, relatives had sought to bury Baptiste, a lieutenant in the 69th Infantry of the National Guard, in Arlington National Cemetery.
When their request was denied, they opted for a line-of-duty funeral.
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