Wake held for 9/11 first responder who died from leukemia

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.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."