'Nucleus' of Family Mourned
Final tribute for firefighter killed at Trade Center

Daily News Police Bureau Chief

Fire Capt. Brian Hickey had many titles.

Rescue Co. 4 leader. Bethpage Volunteer Fire Department Commissioner. Fire Academy teacher. "The Nucleus," because of the way people were drawn to him in dangerous situations.

But yesterday, it was Hickey's skills as a father, husband and son that dominated the tributes at his funeral at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Bethpage, L.I.

Hickey was memorialized nine months to the day after he led his men into the burning south tower of the World Trade Center