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Funeral FF Greg Sikorsky
The Rev. Robert Saccoman held up 3-year-old Steven Sikorsky yesterday so the 400 mourners could see him on the altar of St. Boniface Church, near the coffin of his father, Firefighter Gregory Sikorsky.
"I want you to look out there," Saccoman said to Steven, "because it's a love story, a love story that all these people had for your dad, and it's a story your mother will continue to tell you."
Pallbearers carry coffin of Firefighter Gregory Sikorsky out of Church in Wesley Hills, Rockland County, yesterday. Sikorsky, 34, of Squad 41 in the Bronx and a 16-year-volunteer with the Hillcrest Fire Department in Rockland County, died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. His remains were among the last found at the site.
He was one of two firefighters laid to rest in solemn services yesterday.
Mayor Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta attended the Mass in the church in Wesley Hills, sitting up front with Sikorsky's wife, Marie, his brother Perry, and his parents, Luzia and George. A small photo of Gregory stood on the altar.
"Today my family and I are at peace, knowing my brother Greg has been brought home to be laid to rest," Perry Sikorsky told the mourners. "I wish that everyone who had been lost in the World Trade Center could be found, as I understand their pain."
The flag-draped coffin was carried to and from the church in a 1939 Mack fire engine that Gregory Sikorsky had bought the year before he died and which he was refurbishing.