By Anthony Rifilato, LI Herald:
Hundreds gathered at an emotional service in Rockville Centre on July 7 to say farewell to longtime Long Beach resident and firefighter Michael Ornauer, who died after a battle with 9/11-related cancer at age 60.
Ornauer was a captain in the Long Beach Fire Department who served as a volunteer for 30 years before his death on July 2.
“He was a huge personality in the fire service in Nassau County, Long Beach and throughout the state,” said Ornauer’s longtime friend, Long Beach Fire Commissioner Scott Kemins. “He was beloved within the department and county. He was always a very active member of our department and was chairman of our membership committee for many years, and he was in charge of organizing all the parades we used to have.”
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