BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Early Friday morning, silence filled the streets around SaintJoseph Cathedral when 6,000 people saluted Lieutenant ChipMcCarthy's casket.
He's remembered as a man who never hesitated to sacrifice forhis family, comrades, and community.
Brave. Dedicated. Friendly. Dependable. That's how colleagueswill always remember Lieutenant Charles "Chip" McCarthy.
Michael Kerl of the Reserve Fire Company said, "It strikes home,'cause it could happen to any of us."
Firefighters from all over western New York formed an honorguard. Civilians stood in silence as the procession passed under anAmerican flag hung from two extended ladders.
Valu Store Manager Jack Perry said, "It was extremely moving tosee the fire truck go by with casket on top and firefighters; neatto see."
The motorcade also left a lasting impression at Kingsley andJefferson, Lt. McCarthy's station house.
Buffalo resident Sidney Williams said, "It was heart breaking tosee his gear, and then see his casket."
A short time later, Air One hovered above St. Joseph Cathedralas the long blue line greeted the motorcade. Firefighters stoodstrong while Lt. McCarthy's family and friends wiped away tears.Some traveled a great distance to be there.
Long time friend of McCarthy Shawn O'Connor said, "I had to behere. Memories are great even unspoken times."
The Cathedral can only hold 1200 people. The crowd spilled intothe street. Many of his brothers and sisters were there to honortheir fallen comrade. Outdoor speakers allowed them to hear thespecial tributes given during the private Mass.
The city seemed to stand still when the voices of Lt. McCarthy'schildren rang out, with a special address to Rescue One.
McCarthy's son Chas McCarthy said, "We know you guys tried. Wewant you to know. We knew you tried."
McCarthy's daughter Stephanie McCarthy said, "He loved you somuch. He made you part of our lives."
Buffalo Fire Chaplain Father Joe Bayne said, "We are all humanand boy are we broken. Tears are healthy and holy."
His family vowed to make sure his legacy lives on - a father,friend and firefighter, always ready to lead and protect hiscommunity.
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