STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON

“I was deeply saddened to learn today of the tragic death of two firefighters who were killed in the line of duty while responding to an early morning alarm in Buffalo. Lieutenant Charles McCarthy and firefighter Jonathan Croom died in service to their community, performing duties firefighters think of as routine but we know are heroic. These brave men repeatedly answered the call to serve in harm’s way, putting their own safety on the line to protect others. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Lieutenant McCarthy and firefighter Croom.”

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