NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A legendary New York firefighter has died.

There are heavy hearts at stations all over the city as people remember Jimmy Boyle.

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Boyle lost a long battle with cancer on Sunday.

He first joined the FDNY in 1962 and was a two-time head of the firefighter’s union before retiring in 1987.

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In 2001, he raced to Ground Zero on 9/11 to search for his 37-year-old son Michael, who was also a firefighter. Michael Boyle died when the towers collapsed.

A wake for Jimmy Boyle will be held on Nov. 4 at a Long Island funeral home.

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Boyle was 80 years old.