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    Hero Crafted Legacy Of Good Will

    HERO CRAFTED LEGACY OF GOOD WILL

    By FARRAH WEINSTEIN

    February 3, 2002 -- Tears flowed in the icy wind yesterday as hundreds of New York's Bravest, friends and family braved the freezing cold and said goodbye to firefighter Robert King Jr.
    The Engine Co. 33 hero's American flag-draped wooden casket was carried out of St. Gregory the Great Church, following a two-hour funeral service in Bellerose, Queens.

    The 36-year-old father of three was added to the list of confirmed dead last Tuesday, as one of hundreds who died in the line of duty during the World Trade Center attacks.

    Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, who has been on the job for one month, said the memory of the nine-year veteran would never be forgotten and that he is blessed with "love and care" from all his brothers in the department.

    King's godfather, George Sampson, began the eulogy by choking back tears, recovering to say that the Ellenville HS graduate will always "be in our home."

    "I cannot recall a time when there was not a smile on his face and a laugh in his heart."

    He also said that King Jr. was a woodworker who loved to "play with his hands" and would craft gifts in his basement workshop for all his friends and family.

    "He was a loving son, brother, neighbor and co-worker, and always had time for everyone. He was a very special man."

    Longtime friend Lauren Fragola said that the one thing she remembered from meeting King as a teen was "his smile."

    "He was always in a good mood, always pleasant and respectful with his friends and gracious to his children."

    Robert Schmuck, from the same lower-Manhattan firehouse as the fallen hero, said that King "took a lot of pride in his work" and would build items for the firehouse, like a cup and pen holder, a medicine cabinet and the kitchen table - which still reminds Engine 33 firefighters of the blond-haired New York native every day.



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