NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The FDNY is mourning the passing of retired fire commissioner Carlos Rivera.

Rivera began his career with the FDNY in 1958.

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He spent 35 years serving the city, including leading the department during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

He resigned later that year.

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FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro says Rivera was a well-respected firefighter who climbed the ranks of the department, ultimately serving as the first Hispanic fire commissioner.

Rivera was 86 years old.

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