More than 20 American Red Cross volunteers gathered on Staten Island on July 10, 2014, to pay their respects and provide assistance and comfort to those in attendance at the funeral of Lt. Gordon Matthew Ambelas.
Lt. Ambelas died last week in a high-rise fire in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the first FDNY firefighter to die in the line of duty in more than two years. The Red Cross workers served cold beverages from an emergency response vehicle to some of the thousands of firefighters from across the region and beyond who attended the ceremony; Red Cross mental health professionals were also available to provide emotional support.
"Our hearts go out to the family of Lt. Ambelas and his fellow firefighters during this time of terrible loss," said Josh Lockwood, Greater NY Red Cross Regional CEO. “Lt. Ambelas was a true hero, who gave his life for others.”
About the Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.