NYC firefighter drowns in Nevada

July 25, 2008 4:22:44 PM PDT
A veteran New York City firefighter on vacation in Nevada drowned in Lake Tahoe while trying to rescue his 10-year-old son Monday.Nevada officials say 41-year-old Long Island resident Martin Simmons dived into the lake after his son, Kevin, developed a leg cramp while swimming. The boy was treated and released at a local hospital.

An autopsy revealed Simmons drowned.

A spokesman for the Fire Department of New York said Simmons was a 17-year-veteran who had worked at Ladder Company 111 in Brooklyn for the past 15 years.

A wake will be held Saturday and Sunday at Branch Funeral Home in Smithtown. A funeral Mass will be said Monday at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Nesconset.

Simmons leaves a wife and three sons.

Simmons was described by a colleague as a "premier firefighter."

Simmons' family, who had been vacationing at the 191-square-mile lake, accompanied his body from Nevada to Kennedy Airport Thursday night, where his flag-draped coffin was met by an FDNY honor guard and several Port Authority Police officers who saluted as it passed.