Funeral Mass held for firefighter who died at Island Park fundraiser
Family, friends and fellow firefighters lined up along Long Beach Road Thursday to give their final goodbye to Island Park Fire Capt. Michael Fischer.
Fischer, 38, died last week while helping set up for a clam eating contest, which was raising money for a 7-month-old with cancer.
Fischer was a third-generation firefighter with Island Park Fire Department.
He joined in 2013 and his fellow firefighters said he hit the ground running to become one of their most active members.
He was elected captain in 2019.
The Island Park Fire Department said it has been a few tough days for them.
"When you see someone around your age go like this, it's very tough. Very traumatic for a lot of the younger guys and girls," said Second Assistant Chief Eric Gorton.
Fischer is the first firefighter to die in the line of duty in Island Park's history.
During Wednesday's wake ceremony, Fischer was posthumously promoted to honorary chief.
Fischer's final resting place is at Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale.