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Wake held for retired firefighter found dead

November 26, 2011 7:53:17 PM PST
Friends and family gathered Saturday night for a wake to remember 40-year-old Joseph DiBernardo.

The retired New York City firefighter was found dead in his home early this week.

He had survived a 40 foot plunge, escaping a deadly fire on what is now known as Black Sunday. Hundreds of FDNY firefighters paid their respects at the wake for DiBernardo in Setauket, Long Island.

In 2005, he was forced to jump five stories out of a burning building in the Bronx after he and five other firefighters were trapped.

Two of his fellow firefighters were killed.

DiBernardo and four others were severely injured.


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