Somber Anniversary Remembering Fallen Firefighters

August 24, 2010 Updated Aug 24, 2010 at 7:04 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 24, 2010 Updated Aug 24, 2010 at 7:04 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - One year ago today, two of Buffalo's bravest lost their lives in a tragic fire at Genesee and Burgard Place in Buffalo.

Ceremonies to remember Lt. Charles "Chip" McCarthy and Firefighter Jonathan Croom began with a private wreath laying ceremony at the scene of the fire at 4a.m. Tuesday morning.

A memorial Mass for both men is scheduled at Saint Joseph's University Church on Main Street at 8:30a.m.

Firefighter Chaplain Father Joe Bayne, who was at the scene of the tragic fire last year, talked about the family of firefighters coming together to support each other. He appeared LIVE with Channel 7's Ed Reilly on "Good Morning Western New York" Tuesday from fire location, which is now a vacant lot.

The website for the Buffalo Fire Department today offers a remembrance to Croom and McCarthy.

Lieutenant Charles (Chip) McCarthy and Fire Fighter Jonathan Croom lost their lives, August 24, 2009 while fighting a fire that was reported at 3:50 a.m. in a convenience store at the corner of Genesee Street and Burgard Place. A day of great tragedy and loss for the brave men and women of the Buffalo Fire Department. The City of Buffalo and the Fire Department mourns the loss of Lieutenant McCarthy and Fire Fighter Croom, who responded to their call to duty and did what every fire fighter does every day – sought to protect anyone who might be in danger. We honor the memory of these true heroes.

A trust fund for the families of Fallen Firefighters Lt. Charles McCarthy and FF Jonathan Croom has been set up through Citizens Bank. Donations can be made to FAMILIES OF BUFFALO FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS McCARTHY & CROOM at any Citizens Bank branch.
Contact Information : Bflo. Prof. Firefighters Local 282 (716) 856-4130

Channel 7's Eyewitness News will offer respectful coverage throughout the day, including an interview with Firefighter Croom's fiance and Mother. Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield will also remember the men lost.