Buffalo firefighters hung drapes of mourning outside two firehouses on Jefferson Avenue and Main Street on Monday, out of respect for Lt. Charles W. “Chip” McCarthy Jr. and Firefighter Jonathan S. Croom.

As reported in the Buffalo News “But the black and dark blue bunting was only one of the signs that fellow firefighters were just beginning to come to terms with their loss.

Eyes were rimmed red from tears, stories about McCarthy and Croom from happier times made the rounds, and colleagues collected personal effects from their fallen comrades during the early hours of grief.” Members of the close knit firefighters community and the region are morning the loss of two heros.

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