NEW YORK (PIX11)— A wake for Timothy Klein, the FDNY firefighter killed while battling a blaze over the weekend, was held in Brooklyn Thursday.
Hundreds of firefighters attended the services, along with family, friends and Mayor Eric Adams, to remember and honor the fallen firefighter.
“We will make sure that Tim does not die – did not die in vain,” said FDNY Chief of Operations John Hodgens.
The wake was held at McManus Funeral Home at 4601 Avenue N. The first service went from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The second service was held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Klein, a six-year veteran of the FDNY, was killed in the line of duty while battling a fire at a home in Canarsie, Brooklyn on Sunday. He died after a ceiling collapsed, trapping him inside. A civilian also died and several other firefighters were injured fighting the blaze, officials said.
Klein leaves behind his father, Patrick, who is a retired member of the FDNY, his mother, Diane, and his three sisters.
“The Department is heartbroken today at the loss of Firefighter Timothy Klein who died risking his life to save others,” said Acting FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh. “The Klein family has a rich history of service in the FDNY and he bravely followed in their footsteps.”
Klein, 31, will be laid to rest on Friday at the Church of St. Francis DeSales at 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Belle Harbor, Queens. The funeral will start around 11 a.m.
Klein is the 1,557th FDNY member to die in the line of duty.