YONKERS (CBSNewYork) — Friends, family and colleagues gave a final salute Monday to a Yonkers police lieutenant who became sick after working at Ground Zero on 9/11.

The funeral for Lt. Roy McLaughlin, 38, was held at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, the same parish where he grew up.

As WCBS 880’s John Metaxas reported, McLaughlin rushed to the toxic environment of the World Trade Center on 9/11 to help, only to develop brain cancer that took his life on Sept. 10 of this year — an irony noted by his 14-year-old son, David.

“He deserves his own day,” David said during the funeral. “He got that.”

McLaughlin’s police commissioner, Charles Gardener, remembered him as a proud officer whose service was in his blood.

“Lt. McLaughlin comes from a police family,” Gardener told Metaxas. “His father is a retired Yonkers police captain, and all three of his siblings are members of our department.”

McLaughlin leaves behind his wife and four children.

  1. My thoughts and prayers to his family and to all the heroes that sacrificed their lives to protect ours.

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