Funeral held for NYPD chief who died from 9/11-related illness

Chief Molloy was a rising star in the NYPD. He joined the department in 1982, and at the age of 28 was the youngest captain to command the same precinct as his grandfather in the 1930s. His family says he developed a 9/11-related brain cancer that claimed his life Monday night.

Chief Molloy was a rising star in the NYPD. He joined the department in 1982, and at the age of 28 was the youngest captain to command the same precinct as his grandfather in the 1930s. His family says he developed a 9/11-related brain cancer that claimed his life Monday night. (2/3/17)

BAY SHORE - Funeral services were held Friday for NYPD Deputy Chief James Malloy, of West Islip, a 35-year veteran of the force who spent months at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Chief Molloy was a rising star in the NYPD. He joined the department in 1982, and at the age of 28 was the youngest captain to command the same precinct as his grandfather in the 1930s. His family says he developed a 9/11-related brain cancer that claimed his life Monday night.

"He was an extremely effective leader, very well versed in the police department," says Det. Steve Stefanakos. "He was somebody that really cared about not only the job, but his men, too."

With the NYPD Honor Guard and pipe band on hand, Chief Molloy's casket was carried to St. Patrick's Church on a historic police vehicle.

In his homily, NYPD Chaplain Monsignor Robert Romano praised Chief Molloy as a man who loved his family, people and his job.

"He was a good family member, a good provider, he was also a cop's cop," says Monsignor Romano.

Following the funeral Mass, fellow officers folded the NYPD flag for his widow Mary, and his two daughters, 16-year-old Christina and 25-year-old Alexa.

Chief Molloy was laid to rest at Northport Rural Cemetery with full department honors.

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