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Thousands appear for NYC firefighter's funeral

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NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of uniformed firefighters from across the country have gathered for the funeral of a fallen fire lieutenant.

Mayor Bill de Blasio eulogized Lt. Gordon "Matt" Ambelas (am-BEHL'-ihs) Thursday. The mayor says the 40-year-old Fire Department of New York veteran was dedicated, hardworking, kind and, above all, a family man.

Ambelas died Saturday night searching for victims in a burning, cluttered Brooklyn high-rise apartment building. His was the department's first line of duty death in more than two years.

Firefighters from Boston, Philadelphia and St. Louis were among those who saluted Ambelas' casket.

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