Firefighters honor fallen hero in aftermath of deadly fire
The search for a missing firefighter in Tuesday’s fire at Spring Valley assisted living facility has come to a terrible end, and now the mourning begins across the county and state.
Firefighters are already coping with an exhausting night on duty and now the battle of coping with a tragic loss is just getting started.
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Jared Lloyd, 35, was a volunteer at the Columbian Engine Company in Spring Valley.
The engine company has put up the traditional purple and black bunting to signify a fallen member and lowered their flag to half-staff in memory of their fallen brother.
Early today, powerful photos were taken of firefighters as they lined up in tribute as Lloyd's body was taken from the rubble and transported to the medical examiner’s office.
Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann said in a Facebook post; “My condolences and prayers to all so deeply affected by this terrible tragedy. Please do what you can to thank and support our first responders as the next few days will be enormously difficult.”
Lloyd was also an employee of News 12's parent company, Altice.
Altice released a statement saying, "We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our colleague Jared Lloyd. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as well as all those who have been impacted by this tragic event. Jared’s heroic actions and bravery as a volunteer firefighter will never be forgotten."
Some firefighters from neighboring municipalities, including West Nyack, have been stopping by and heading inside to be together during this difficult time. Also, Altice USA trucks drove by the firehouse, beeping their horns to mourn the loss of one of their own.