WANTAGH - Friends, family and former colleagues said their final farewells today to a firefighter from Long Island who died after battling an illness allegedly caused by working at Ground Zero.
FDNY firefighter Raymond Ragucci, of Levittown, was diagnosed with leukemia after spending 49 days at the site. His family says he passed away Sunday. He was 59 years old.
"He's one of those guys that would care more about others than himself," says retired FDNY firefighter Ed Mecner.
The wake for Ragucci continues again tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Charles O'Shea Funeral Home in Wantagh.
A funeral Mass will be held Thursday at St. Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church in Wantagh.