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.

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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.”

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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.”

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McLaughlin leaves behind his wife and four children.