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Wake Held for City Firefighter, DART Co-Founder

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A city firefighter who dedicated much of his time to the community is being remembered.

A wake was held for 59-year-old Luis Fragoso Monday.

He died Saturday morning at his Bronx home.

Fragoso spent 18 years as a firefighter and retired in 2002 because of injuries he sustained while responding to the September 11 attacks.

In 1989, he co-founded DART, the Disaster Assistance Response Team partnership between the Red Cross and the FDNY.

When he passed away, he was still chair of DART, one of several volunteer positions he held.

"Volunteering was a way of life for Luis," said friend Cesar Rivera. "And he was an active family man, and he brought all of the kids into the Red Cross to volunteer, so it's a part of their lives, too."

"My father wasn't just our hero, but he was a hero in the community," said Raven Fragoso, Luis Fragoso's daughter. "And his legacy's not going to die. We're going to continue it on."

Fragoso is survived by four children and several grandchildren.

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