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Funeral for Charlie Wassil, Ground Zero first responder on 9/11, in Cortland Manor

Peekskill Police Department Chief Eric Johansen speaks fondly

Peekskill Police Department Chief Eric Johansen speaks fondly of his friend Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at Wassil's funeral at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. (May 4, 2013) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective who lived in White Plains, was a first responder at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. He was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. Family, friends and fellow officers from several departments honored his memory at a funeral Mass at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor on Saturday. (May 4, 2013)

Peekskill Police Department Chief Eric Johansen speaks fondly
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Peekskill Police Department Chief Eric Johansen speaks fondly of his friend Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at Wassil's funeral at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. (May 4, 2013)

Angela Wassil, left, widow of retired Peekskill Police
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Angela Wassil, left, widow of retired Peekskill Police Department detective and Ground Zero first responder Charlie Wassil, watches his casket leave St. Columbanus Church after his funeral Mass in Cortlandt Manor. (May 4, 2013)

Family attends the funeral for Charlie Wassil, a
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Family attends the funeral for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

A funeral with police honors is held for
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

A funeral with police honors is held for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

Retired Scarsdale Fire Department firefighter John Daly, center,
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Retired Scarsdale Fire Department firefighter John Daly, center, who said he knew Charlie Wassil for years, attends the funeral for the retired Peekskill Police Department detective at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. (May 4, 2013)

Mourners attend the funeral for Charlie Wassil, a
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Mourners attend the funeral for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

A funeral with police honors is held for
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

A funeral with police honors is held for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

Angela Wassil, right of center, widow of retired
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Angela Wassil, right of center, widow of retired Peekskill Police Department detective and Ground Zero first responder Charlie Wassil, stands behind his casket as a Westchester County Police helicopter flies over St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. (May 4, 2013)

Mourners attend the funeral for Charlie Wassil, a
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Mourners attend the funeral for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

A funeral with police honors is held for
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

A funeral with police honors is held for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

A funeral with police honors is held for
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

A funeral with police honors is held for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

A funeral with police honors is held for
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

A funeral with police honors is held for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

Members of the Pipes and Drums of the
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Members of the Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester prepare at the funeral for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. (May 4, 2013)

The hearse carrying Charlie Wassil's casket arrives at
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The hearse carrying Charlie Wassil's casket arrives at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

Mourners attend the funeral for Charlie Wassil, a
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

Mourners attend the funeral for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

A funeral with police honors is held for
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

A funeral with police honors is held for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

A funeral with police honors is held for
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

A funeral with police honors is held for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

A funeral with police honors is held for
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

A funeral with police honors is held for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

A funeral with police honors is held for
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

A funeral with police honors is held for Charlie Wassil, a retired Peekskill Police Department detective and first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11, at St. Columbanus Church in Cortlandt Manor. Wassil was 52, and died after a long battle with a rare lung disease. (May 4, 2013)

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