LONG BEACH - Friends and family said their final farewells today to an FDNY firefighter who answered the call in the aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11.

Mourners filed into St. Ignatius Martyr Church in Long Beach to honor and remember retired firefighter William Quick.

Quick passed away at the age of 55 after a nine-year battle with lung disease that his family says he developed after being exposed to the toxic dust at Ground Zero.

"Any time there was a situation that was hazardous or dangerous, Billy would be the first one to step up and try to handle it," says Chief Scott Kemins, of the Long Beach Fire Department.

Quick is the second firefighter in the nation to die since the multibillion-dollar legislation that will help sick 9/11 first responders was signed into law.