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    Rites honor firefighter killed at WTC

    Rites honor firefighter killed at WTC

    By ANDREA RUBIN
    THE JOURNAL NEWS
    (Original publication: June 14, 2003)

    SPRING VALLEY

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    At last, a farewell

    At last, a farewell

    By JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST
    and OWEN MORITZ
    DAILY NEWS WRITERS


    Vernon Richard


    Fire Capt. Vernon Richard, a 23-year veteran who perished in the Sept. 11 terror attack, was remembered yesterday as a gentle giant who came home to rest for Father's Day.

    "Finally, almost two years later, we are gathered here together to lay to rest our brother Vernon," Lt. Robert Kirwan told hundreds of mourners at a service at the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley, Rockland County.

    "We're grateful that Vernon is home now. And as his wife, Dorothy, said, 'Thank God, he's home for Father's Day.'"

    Richard, one of nine members of Ladder Co. 7 in Kips Bay who died in the Trade Center attack, was given a memorial service Dec. 8, 2001. But his remains were not identified until recently, leading to yesterday's solemn ceremony. It was attended by Mayor Bloomberg, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and top fire officials.

    Also among the mourners was Richard's wife of 30 years; two grown children, Vernon 2nd and Vernessa; his mother, Juanita; three sisters, Barbara Tate, Juanita Thaxton and Deidra Perry, and his brother, Harold.

    "They may kill the body, but they can't kill the soul," the Rev. Dr. Weldon McWilliams declared. "I"m not here to say goodbye. I'm here to say so long."

    Mourners heard of Richard's remarkable career. He was a veteran who served in Korea as an Army radio teletype sergeant; a firefighter for 16 years in the South Bronx, and a lieutenant in Ladder Co. 7 who scored 95 on the captain's test shortly before his death.

    He was posthumously promoted to captain five days after the terror attack.

    In addition, the 53-year-old Richard was a deacon of the Spring Valley church and ran in the New York City Marathon six times.

    Outside the small white plaster and brick church, an honor guard stretched for blocks.

    The coffin was then taken through narrow suburban streets to the Fred Loescher Military Cemetery in Monsey.

    Originally published on June 14, 2003



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