Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at Steven Frosch funeral

The family of Steven Frosch watches as his

The family of Steven Frosch watches as his casket is carried by NYC sanitation employees from St. Catherine of Sienna Roman Catholic Church in Franklin Square during the funeral, Friday, June 27, 2014. (Credit: Steve Pfost)

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke Friday at the funeral of a city sanitation worker from Long Island killed on the job, calling Steven Frosch's death last week "a truly cruel blow" to New York City.

"It's a harsh reminder of the sacrifice that our sanitation workers make every day, and the dangers they face on this job that so often go unrecognized," he said.

The mayor delivered the remarks at St. Catherine of Sienna Roman Catholic Church in Franklin Square.


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Frosch, 43, was killed a week ago when a co-worker accidentally crushed him between two street sweepers in Queens. Frosch, of South Garden City, was a father of four.

"I think we all know that our city reveals its true character through our people, and Steve was a New Yorker to the core. He represented the very best of New York City," de Blasio said in his remarks.

The funeral was attended by Frosch's colleagues from the Department of Sanitation, where he worked for 15 years, and the NYPD, where he served for five years.

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