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Funeral for firefighter who tried to save Iowa man on 9/11

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St. James, New York (KWWL) -

Almost 15 years after 9/11, a funeral was held today for a New York firefighter who died trying to save a man from Iowa.

The remains of Battalion Chief Larry Stack were never found, but his family recently tracked down two vials of blood he donated.

He gave the blood during a bone marrow drive for a child with cancer. The vials were put in the casket and his widow decided to have the funeral today because this would've been their 49th wedding anniversary.

"Not only did he help people that last day, but his entire career... His entire career was about helping people," said Rich Brandt, former FDNY.

That's exactly what he did in his final moments.

Jim Cleere, from Newton, was in New York on business. Chief Stack was last seen helping Cleere, who was injured in the early moments of the attack.

Both men died.

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