St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Bay Shore will offer a funeral Mass next week, after Christmas, for beloved fallen FDNY firefighter William “Billy” Moon of Islip.
Thousands of relatives, friends and fellow firefighters are expected to attend the Thursday, Dec. 29, ceremony, scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 9 N. Clinton Ave. A wake for Moon will be held Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Frederick J. Chapey & Sons Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St. in East Islip, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Moon, 47, suffered a fatal head injury inside his Brooklyn firehouse after falling 20 feet while preparing for a drill. He died later at the hospital, but not before saving the lives of five individuals through organ donation.
LiveOnNY confirmed that Moon saved the lives of five individuals, including three patients in New York who were in need of a heart, liver, lungs and kidneys.
“Firefighter Moon was a hero in life and is now a hero in death who will live on through the gracious gifts of organ donation,” LiveOnNY President & CEO Leonard Achanhis said. “#LiveOnNY is humbled and honored to be the steward of these precious gifts. We extend our deepest condolences to the Moon family. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them during this difficult time.”
Moon lived in Islip with his wife Kristina and their two children. He served in the FDNY for 21 years and was a volunteer with the Islip Fire Department for 28 years.
The FDNY Foundation has established The FF William P. Moon Children’s Scholarship Fund.
Top photo: William P. Moon (Source: Facebook)