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FDNY Firefighter Jesse Gerhard Laid to Rest

By BRADLEY FOWLER, Correspondent | February 25, 2022 | NEW YORK

Story No. 022522101

BAY SHORE, NY - On Wednesday, February 23rd, the body of FDNY Firefighter Jesse Gerhard was transported to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Bay Shore where thousands of firefighters and police officers lined Main Street to honor a fallen brother.

Firefighter Gerhard was 33-years-old when he collapsed at his firehouse one day after fighting a two-alarm house fire in Queens on February 16th. Jesse was also a member of Islip Fire Department Engine Company 1 and a part of the Islip Fire Department Wolves racing team.

Firefighter Gerhard is survived by his parents, brother and sister-in-law. His helmet was presented to his nephew after the funeral mass. Firefighter Gerhard is the 1,156th member of the FDNY to die in the line of duty according to acting FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.