Thread: Charlie's Home
05-11-2002, 02:54 PM #1
SUFFERN — Almost eight months to the day that Calixto "Charlie" Anaya Jr. kissed his family goodbye and went to work for what would be the last time, he was laid to rest yesterday.
The remains of the 35-year-old rookie New York City firefighter were pulled from the ruins of the World Trade Center and identified late last month.
That gave his Suffern family the long-awaited chance to hold a funeral celebrating his life and heroism during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
The same friends and relatives who gathered in November for a memorial service were joined at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church by hundreds of firefighters from New York City, Suffern, where Anaya served on the volunteer force, and across the region. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta also attended.
"Charlie died in the process of saving other people's lives," said the Rev. Clement Oyafemi, who celebrated the funeral Mass.
Anaya was among 70 Rockland residents who perished in the attack. Of the 18 New York City firefighters from Rockland who were killed, 10 bodies have been recovered.
Anaya had joined the New York City Fire Department in July, after working for a package delivery company. By September, Anaya had finished his first seven weeks with Ladder Company 15 and had just started with Engine Company 4 in the same firehouse in lower Manhattan.
On Sept. 11, he was still on probation, a rookie, when his company was among the first to arrive at the Twin Towers inferno.
"Charlie lived every day like there was no tomorrow," his widow, Marie, said in a eulogy. She was accompanied by their three young children, Kristina Marie, Brandon and Rebecca.
A program for the Mass showed pictures of Anaya as a Marine during his two tours of duty. Another showed a smiling probationary firefighter wearing a gleaming new helmet with the badge number 3837.
There were also pictures showing Anaya's personal life, including one of Anaya and his wife on their wedding day. Others showed the young family celebrating birthdays and on family outings.
One photo shows the family standing at the waterside with the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center visible in the background.
"Charlie loved life and lived a life worth living," his widow said between sobs as she delivered the eulogy. "He lived his life with no regrets."
Anaya's casket was placed atop a firetruck from Suffern Volunteer Hose Company 1, where he served. He was buried in Frederick W. Loescher Veteran's Cemetery in New Hempstead.
At his wake on Thursday, I was surprised to still be seeing firefighters from other states. The support the US Fire service has given to those who lost a friend is incredible. It really makes me realize the exent of the Brotherhood.9/11/01 Never forget Never forgive
Dusty, working on Crusty IACOJ
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