Carolyn FortinoSep 25, 2017, 1:50 pm

Mourners say final goodbye to 9/11 first responder, Yonkers firefighter

Niell Tyndal Jr. will be buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne with full fire department honors


The Sept. 11th terror attacks have claimed the life of another Westchester County firefighter.

A funeral for Neill Tyndal Jr., senior firefighter on Engine 304 was held at Saint Barnabas Church in Yonkers.

Thousands of first responders from all over Westchester County lined the streets, mourned his death.

The 48-year-old recent retiree passed away last week after a long, courageous battle with 9/11-related cancer.

"He was a good friend, a great person to work with. We feel terrible that his family is going through what they are going through. It was a 9/11-related cancer, so that is always just terrible," says Lieutenant Peter Doran.

Tyndal Jr. was one of many from Westchester County that responded to Ground Zero after the twin towers were struck.

The Bronx native succumbed to cancer in the years following the attack, and never stopped working to protect the people of the city of Yonkers.

At his funeral, those who were close to him say they will remember him as a family man, and someone who took great pride in his duties as a firefighter.

"It's unfortunate, everything that happened. He was very special to this community, and he leaves behind a grieving family,” says family friend Theresa Iuzzolino. “Anyone that could have come out to give support to his family wanted to, so we're just here standing together for them. God bless them."

Tyndal Jr. is being buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne with full fire department honors.

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