In Loving Memory of

Robert J McCarthy

April 29, 2016

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Pictured: Billy Lynch E-289 now Lt in TL-17, Bobby McCarthy E-289, Kenneth Gunther TL-138 retired.

In the later part of 1996, FF Robert J McCarthy retired from the Corona Tigers Engine 289, ending a 27 year career with the City of New York. 4 short years later, when terrorists attacked the country, McCarthy was ready to respond. He dusted off his gear and responded to the World Trade Center and worked tirelessly in the days that followed, working in vein to find survivors or remains so that a family can have closure. Once a firefighter, always a firefighter, and McCarthy's desire to help proved that on 9/11.

When the work was done, McCarthy returned to retirement with his family, until he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer directly related to his work on 9/11. On Friday April 29th, 2016, Robert McCarthy lost the battle against cancer.

Because he was retired on 9/11, his death will not be considered Line of Duty. We are asking all FDNY brothers and sisters to turn out to bring our brother home. McCarthy was there for us on that day, he wasn't paid to be there, his duty to the City was done. He was there for us, it's time for us to be there for him; to thank him and his family for the sacrifice they made. Please post/share this funeral information; get the word out there.

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

Wake: William E Law Funeral Home. 1 Jerusalem Ave Massapequa, NY

Monday 7p-9p. Tuesday 2p-4p & 7p-9pm.

Funeral: Maria Regina Church 3945 Jerusalem Ave Seaford, NY at 10am.

Our classmate Bob McCarthy received an honor's burial from the NYC Fire Department. This included an honor guard at the funeral home and cemetery route as well as bagpipes. He was transported to the cemetery in an antique fire truck bearing his engine number. What a beautiful tribute to a hero. This is the helmet Bob wore during his years in Corona, Queens, NY.