A FDNY firefighter who died battling a Brooklyn fire was remembered Tuesday as a selfless professional who managed to fit in with everyone, reports The New York Post.
Whether he was at home, at the firehouse or in the trenches of a burning building, Lt. Gordon “Matt” Ambelas could always be counted on to be at his best, his grieving friends said.
“He would always come in prepared in his uniform, ready to work,” said firefighter Matthew Komorowski, who worked with Ambelas at Ladder 119 in Williamsburg. “He was a great guy who always had a smile on his face.”
Komorowski was one of hundreds of firefighters who paid tribute to Ambelas at a wake at a Staten Island funeral home.
Ambelas, 40, died after suffering smoke inhalation and third-degree burns while battling an electrical fire in a Williamsburg high rise Saturday night.
Officials said he struggled trying to navigate his way around a cluttered apartment in the smoky darkness.
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