Funeral services have been set for Spring Valley Firefighter Jared Lloyd.
The 35-year-old was among the first of an estimated 125 Rockland County firefighters to arrive at a massive fire at Evergreen Court Home for Adults, a sprawling assisted-living facility that stretched an entire Spring Valley block on Tuesday.
In the fire and smoke of the building’s third floor, Lloyd went missing. His “mayday” call was his final words to his comrades. It would take crews nearly an entire day to locate his body in the debris. When they did, sometime before midnight, a slow, solemn procession bore him away, emergency lights flashing tribute in the dark.
The funeral is planned for Palisades Credit Union Park Boulder Stadium, 1 Palisades Credit Union Park Drive in Pomona at 11 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Columbian Engine Company No. 1 in Spring Valley, where Lloyd had volunteered as a firefighter for 15 years.
Lloyd’s father, Calvin Lloyd, confirmed Wednesday that his son had died in the fire, pursuing one of his three passions. He loved firefighting, his sons and the New York Mets.
Before Lloyd’s “mayday” call, he had done what he had come to do, what he loved to do: He and his firefighting brothers and sisters had gotten 112 residents out safely, an effort that Chris Kear, Rockland’s fire coordinator, called “heroic.”
Community backs Lloyd’s family
In the aftermath of Lloyd’s tragic death, the community has gathered to support the firefighter and his family through multiple fundraisers. The biggest as of Sunday is a GoFundMe with $530,326 raised, with a $750,000 goal.
A T-shirt fundraiser was created by the Vincent Crotty Memorial Foundation to be held from April 1 to 15. All proceeds will go directly to Lloyd’s family. The shirts will be $20 up to XXL and $25 for 3 and 4XL. For more information, visit www.supportingsvfirefighterjaredlloyd.itemorder.com/sale.
Vilma’s Bakery in Haverstraw was selling cupcakes for $2, with all donations going to the family, but ran out quickly and is still collecting donations. A Nanuet Girl Scout Troop and other youth held lemonade stands during Saturday’s warm weather to support fundraisers for Lloyd’s children.
Countywide, fire departments held helmet and boot drives on Saturday and raised more than $100,000 for the family.
Leo Laders American Legion Post 130 in Thiells is hosting a pasta dinner to collect donations on April 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to Lloyd’s family.
Staff writers Peter D. Kramer and Nancy Cutler contributed to this report.
Ryan Santistevan is the breaking news reporter for the Poughkeepsie Journal, Journal News and Times Herald-Record. Reach her at email@example.com; 845-437-4809 or follow her on Twitter, @NewsByRyan_.