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FDNY captain who lost both sons on 9/11 laid to rest.

An FDNY captain who suffered the unspeakable heartache of losing both his sons on 9/11 was laid to rest Saturday, leaving a legacy of public service. Retired Capt. John Vigiano, 79, died Monday after a battle with cancer. Led by FDNY bagpipers, a fire truck brought Vigiano’s coffin to the Saints Cyril & Methodius R.C....
Time: 21:22     Date: 14.07.2018
Metro News: FDNY captain who lost both sons on 9/11 laid to rest. NY Post 24 - US News

Retired Capt. John Vigiano, 79, died Monday after a battle with cancer. Led by FDNY bagpipers, a fire truck brought Vigiano’s coffin to the Saints Cyril & Methodius R.C. Church for his funeral in hometown Deer Park, LI. Hundreds of firefighters and police officers attended.

Speakers included former Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Vigiano’s grandchildren, including Joseph J. Vigiano, 25 — now an NYPD police officer.

A teen granddaughter recalled stories about a trip to Disney World, when Vigiano joined her on any ride she wanted — no matter how wild — and once let her dye half his hair pink.

“She had everyone laughing,” said the Rev. Bill Minson, a Red Cross chaplain who met Vigiano at Ground Zero.

The legendary firefighter joined a “band of fathers” in search of their sons’ remains after the 2001 terror attacks.

His only children, John Jr., 36, a firefighter with Ladder 132, and Joseph, 34, an NYPD Emergency Service Unit officer, were both killed while trying to rescue people as the Twin Towers collapsed.

Retired FDNY Captain John Vigiano looking for his sons at Ground Zero.Brigitte Stelzer

Vigiano took great pride that his sons had joined the FDNY and NYPD. “Having my son follow me into the New York City Fire Department was an extreme honor,” he said at John Jr.’s funeral.

On the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the White House asked Vigiano and his wife, Jeanette, to join President George W. Bush for a prayer service at St. Paul’s chapel.

In 2002, Deer Park named two streets in honor of the fallen sons.

Grandson Joseph was sworn in as an NYPD officer in December 2016 and serves in Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct — where his mom and late dad both worked as cops.

“After the tragedy of September 11, the NYPD really took my family in, even more so than they already had . . . I want to be part of that family,” Joseph said at his graduation. He is also a Marine reservist.

The Vigiano family requests donations in John’s name go to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which aids veterans and first responders.

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