Firefighter?s funeral draws thousands of mourners to Ramsey

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Thousands of firefighters made their way to Ramsey Friday to pay final respects to a fellow firefighter who died in a Bronx blaze.Rows of men and women wearing dress blues lined Wyckoff Avenue to bid farewell to Michael Reilly, 25, a man who they say was part of the first responder brotherhood. Bagpipes echoed across the town, where Reilly first started his career as a volunteer with the Ramsey rescue squad. Also on hand were Reilly?s fellow Marine reservists. Reilly served in Iraq before returning to take a job with the New York City Fire Department. Friends say joining the department was his lifelong dream.Reilly died battling a three-alarm fire Sunday. The floor of a 99-cent store gave way beneath him. He was buried under burning debris along with 43-year-old Lt. Howard Carpluk Jr., who also died. Reilly had been on the job for less than two months.

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