LAKE RONKONKOMA - Hundreds of friends, family members and firefighters attended funeral services today for FDNY Lt. Richard Nappi, who died Monday of an apparent heart attack while battling a three-alarm warehouse fire in Brooklyn. The flag-draped casket of the fallen firefighter was carried into the Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for the funeral Mass today. Outside, thousands of firefighters stood in formation on Portion Road to honor the 17-year FDNY veteran. Nappi was eulogized by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who recounted how the firefighter rushed to the city on his day off during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks more than 10 years ago. Those who knew Nappi told News 12 Long Island that he was a gregarious, fun-loving man with a big heart. They say his playful personality was matched only by his passion for firefighting. Nappi leaves behind a wife and two children.
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