Funeral for FDNY firefighter killed by alleged drunk driver

October 17, 2013 8:49:25 AM PDT
Family and friends gathered Thursday on the Upper East Side for the funeral of a firefighter killed by an alleged drunk driver.

57-year old John Monteverde of Whitestone, Queens was a 31-year veteran of the FDNY. He served with Engine 159 on Staten Island.

He was killed last week in New Jersey while riding his motorcycle to work.

The crash happened in the area of North Avenue and Vivian Terrace in Union Township around 5:15 a.m.

Monteverde was apparently struck while the car was attempting to make a turn, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with DWI.

FDNY Commisioner Salvatore Cassano released the following statement: "The entire Department mourns the tragic loss of Firefighter John Monteverde, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. John selflessly served the city for more than 31 years during which he was cited four times for his bravery at fires and for his life-saving medical work as a member of Engine Company 22 in Manhattan. He also devoted countless hours working tirelessly at the World Trade Center site in the rescue and recovery effort following the September 11 terrorist attacks, which took the lives of nine of his fellow firefighters at Engine 22 and Ladder 13. Our hearts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and loved him."