Thousands appear for funeral of fallen FDNY Lt. Gordon 'Matt' Ambelas

The casket of Lt. Gordon Ambelas is unloaded

The casket of Lt. Gordon Ambelas is unloaded off a fire truck during his funeral at the Church of St. Clare in the borough of Staten Island, Thursday, July 10, 2014 in New York. The Fire Department of New York is mourning the death of the lieutenant who became trapped while looking for victims in a public-housing high-rise blaze, the first to die in the line of duty in more than two years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (July 10, 2014 6:57 PM)

(AP) -- Thousands of uniformed firefighters from across the country gathered Thursday for the funeral of a fireman labeled "a true hero" by the mayor.

Lt. Gordon "Matt" Ambelas died Saturday night searching for victims in a burning, cluttered Brooklyn high-rise apartment building. His was the first Fire Department of New York line-of-duty death in more than two years.

Mayor Bill de Blasio...

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