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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Thousands of firefighters have converged in the Queen City to pay their respects to two of Buffalo's bravest.

At St. Joseph Cathedral, Friday thousands of first responders will gather to honor their fallen comrades.

Friday is a day for the Queen City to remember the sacrifices of Jonathan Croom and Charles McCarthy, and try to move on from Monday's tragedy.

Lt. Mccarthy's procession begins before his 8:30 a.m. service.

It will start out at the Cannan Funeral Home on Orchard Park Road, proceed through the Town of West Seneca along Seneca Street, through south Buffalo and past his fire house on Jefferson Avenue.

It will then continue to Saint Joseph Cathedral.

A similar procession will take place before firefighter Jonathan Croom's service Friday afternoon.

It will begin at the Amigone Funeral Home on Delaware Avenue and West Ferry, proceeding up Main Street to the fire station at Main and Mercer, then Hertel Avenue and back down Main Street to the Cathedral.

Police are urging no unnecessary travel Friday, in Buffalo.

The NFTA will be doing its part to keep more cars off the the streets of Buffalo

It is offering free bus and metro rail service Friday, to any firefighter or police officer in uniform.

The Mass of Christian burial for Lieutenant Charles McCarthy will begin at 9:30 Friday morning.

The family has asked that cameras not be allowed inside.

We will provide updates throughout the morning.

The service for firefighter Jonathan Croom will follow at 1 p.m. Friday.

We will stream the service live, here on

Remember, police are advising against all unnecessary travel in downtown Buffalo Friday, and suggest you use the 190 rather than the Kensington if you need to get downtown.


Many of the firefighters who will be at the funerals Friday, were at wakes for Firefighters McCarthy and Croom Thursday night.

Lieutenant McCarthy's wake was held at the Canaan Funeral Home, in Orchard Park.

The wake for Firefighter Croom was held at the Amigone Funeral Home on Delaware Avenue, in Buffalo.

"It's a sobering fact, that firefighting is a very dangerous occupation, happen to anybody involved in the job at any time, so to see something like this, and to see it happen repeatedly throughout the country, over a period of time, it is a very sobering and very tragic thought," said Chief John Gourley, of the Pittsburgh Fire Department.


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May God grant you His rest and Peace Brothers!
God bless the men and the family left behind. No greater love. Thanks to the crew for the coverage of the story
It breaks my heart that I couldn't be there today to remember our fallen brothers today. I met Lt. McCarthy on several occasions, and have nothing but good things to say about not only a good firefighter, but a GREAT human being.

May God Bless Us All, and Bless and Protect those who are mourning the loss of these fallen brothers.
Such a sad,sad day RIP brothers.
R.I.P.. thoughts and prayers arw wth all involved
my prayers goes out to the familys of both firefighters and their stations were they were at. it was great to see all the firefighter that came out to pay their respects.
Condolences to the family and friends of our fallen brothers, whose spirits live in their hearts, and in the heart of the fire service.

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