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source: NY Daily News
Upset that Ryan wasn’t given a line-of-duty funeral service, Ryan’s Engine Co. 320 organized an honor guard, bagpipes and transport vehicles on their own.
They said it was about respect for a hero who worked at the World Trade Center site for months after Sept. 11 and whose body gave in to the side-effects of pancreatic cancer on Christmas morning.
“I’m pretty bitter about it,” said Ryan’s brother, Michael, 50, of how his brother’s death is being handled by the city fire department.
The family, including widow Magda and three children, has no doubt Ryan’s death was related to 9/11.
“The doctors had no doubt,” Michael Ryan said. “The people who were there that day were victims. They didn’t hesitate. . . That’s what a real hero does.”
The FDNY didn’t return calls about why Ryan was denied a hero’s send-off.
Fellow firefighters said Ryan deserved a line of duty funeral with all the bells, whistles and family benefits that usually come with it.
“What the city is doing is wrong,” said Keith Palumbo, 41, a firefighter with Engine Co. 320, as he walked into the wake at Brueggemann Funeral Home in East Northport, L.I. “This guy’s family should have the honor and respect that everyone else gets.”
He’s hopeful for a large turnout for the funeral services slated for tomorrow.
“We want to embarrass the city,” he said.
Firefighters union chief Steve Cassidy also blasted the city for ignoring Ryan’s death.
“The New York City Fire Department has failed to acknowledge guys like Jimmy Ryan who have died,” Cassidy said. “He’s not the first and he’s not going to be the last.”