Yonkers mourns death of firefighter and 9/11 first responder Jef Campion

Firefighter Jef Campion was also an advocate for children's groups. (1/20/14)

YONKERS - Yonkers firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own after firefighter and Sept. 11 first responder Jef Campion took his own life last week.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano called 52-year-old Campion "larger than life" and commended him for his charity and giving. In addition to being a firefighter, Campion was also an advocate for children's groups and devoted lots of time to the Ronald McDonald House. Friends say he was always the first to help out someone in need.

The Yonkers High School graduate was a member of Company 303. After the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Campion spent 40 days at Ground Zero on his own time. Campion says he struggled with physical and mental health issues after Sept. 11 and turned to art for therapy. He painted works at local pediatric hospitals and his own firehouse on Vark Street.

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Wake services will be held for Campion at the Whalen and Ball Funeral Home on Park Avenue Tuesday and Wednesday. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Church on South Broadway.

For more on Jef Campion, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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