Last Wishes Honored for a Farmingdale High School Class of ’84 Alum
Retired FDNY Captain John Moschella had two wishes for his funeral procession. One, that it would pass by his childhood home, and two, that he would pass by his beloved high school—Farmingdale High School— one last time.
On Friday morning, December 14, 2018, both those wishes were honored. His FDNY flag-draped coffin was placed on Engine 26 of the FDNY fleet, and escorted through Farmingdale via police escort.
Farmingdale High School Principal Dr. Samuel Thompson received a call early that morning from Michael Suwalski of the FDNY, wanting to let him know about the procession. Dr. Thompson promptly invited the student body to join together outside at the appointed time to honor their fellow Daler. Many students and faculty gathered to pay respects and honor Mr. Moschella, with several saluting as the procession rolled past. "Captain Moschella served with Daler pride,” said Dr. Thompson. “Our students and faculty were proud to honor a fallen hero."
Mr. Moschella was a graduate of Farmingdale High School’s Class of 1984. He served valiantly with the FDNY for 28 years. He began his career as a firefighter in Engine 257 Ladder 170 in Canarsie, Brooklyn, he was a Lieutenant in Engine 287 in Elmhurst, Queens and he was a Captain at Engine 26 in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan where he retired, earlier this year.
He passed away on December 8, 2018 from cancer related to his rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He was a devoted husband to his wife Nancy, and beloved son to Salvatore and Marjorie. He lived in Long Beach, NY.
Despite battling his 911 cancer, John never gave up and always stayed positive. Family members say he lived his life with courage, strength and an unwavering, warrior spirit.
Following a Mass of the Christian Burial on Friday at St. Kilian RC Church, Farmingdale, Mr. Moschella was laid to rest at St. Charles Cemetery.