Updated 04/21/2012 02:35 PM
Thousands Turn Out To Honor Firefighter Who Died Fighting Brooklyn Blaze
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Several thousand FDNY firefighters lined the streets in Long Island Saturday to say goodbye to a city fire lieutenant who died on the job Monday.
A funeral Mass was held for Richard Nappi at the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Lake Ronkonkoma.
Nappi, 47, died after he became overheated and collapsed while leading his men into a burning building in Bushwick on Monday.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in attendance Saturday, as well as FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
"He was an awesome guy," said one mourner. "Generous, an avid Met fan and Rangers fan, always giving. Loved the fire department and volunteered out here. I can't say enough – he was a wonderful guy."
"He loved life and loved to talk," an FDNY colleague said. "He was a family man, and when his kids came along after he was married, you could just tell that it meant everything to him."
"He was a big kid and he's going to be missed," said another mourner.
The 17-year veteran of the FDNY leaves behind a wife and two children.