CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Funeral services were held Wednesday morning for a 15-year veteran firefighter and EMT who died last week.
Fellow firefighters, friends, and family paid their respects to Chicopee firefighter Tony Spano during calling hours Tuesday night.
Wednesday morning, hundreds of firefighters gathered for Spano’s funeral at the Holy Name of Jesus church in Chicopee. A procession to the church was led by Engine 5, which belongs to the fire house where Spano had been assigned.
Spano, who was 47 years old, died suddenly after he collapsed while exercising.
Chicopee Fire Captain Mark Galarneau told 22News about the kind of person that Spano was.
“He did a lot of community things on his own, off-duty, that we’ve been hearing stories about: Helping less fortunate people, elderly people, just doing stuff out of his heart. He was a good-hearted guy, he’s going to be missed,” Galarneau said.
Following the Mass, Spano was buried at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Spano was assigned to Station 5 in the Willimansett Section of the city. He leaves behind his son Joseph, his father Stephen, and other family members.