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Updated Information for Scheduled Funerals of Two Fallen Buffalo Fire Fighters

BUFFALO — Below is preliminary media information regarding Friday’s funerals at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo:

The family of Lt. Charles “Chip” McCarthy has requested that there be no media inside St. Joseph Cathedral for Friday morning’s funeral.

The family of Firefighter Jonathan Croom has agreed to a pool feed for television – one camera – and a single pool photographer for print.  Pool designations will be forthcoming from the Diocese of Buffalo.

For the funeral of Firefighter Croom, media will be seated in the first three pews on the right hand side of the cathedral where the mult-box is located.  Reporters are not to walk around the cathedral during the funeral.

Following each funeral service, we will provide various personnel for interviews at the designated media location at Church and Franklin Streets (e.g. Commissioner Lombardo, Mayor Brown and clergy).

Because of the large number of firefighters and other first responders who will be outside the cathedral during both funeral services, we are attempting to set up a public address system, which will feed audio outside the cathedral.

As always, we ask that you respect the wishes of the families of the fallen firefighters during their difficult time of loss.

We also ask that media working inside the cathedral dress accordingly to respect the dignity of the cathedral (no blue jeans, no t-shirts). The use of electronic devices, including cell phones, pagers and laptops, is prohibited in St. Joseph Cathedral.  Also, please note that the proper name of the cathedral is St. Joseph Cathedral, not St. Joseph’s Cathedral or St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral as has been reported in the last two days.

No Parking Zone

Friday, August 28th  from 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. areas in and around St. Joseph Cathedral on Franklin Street will be closed off with no access, including:

  • Church Street from Delaware Avenue to Main Street in both directions
  • Franklin St. from Lower Terrace to Eagle
  • Swan St. closed at Pearl St.
  • Seneca St. Closed Between Erie Street and Pearl Street

All commuters coming into downtown Buffalo should be aware of this temporary no access zone and make alternate plans to access their place of work or destination. In addition, please be aware that there will be a significant increase of vehicles parking in this general area.

Media Access

With the no access zone established around St. Joseph Cathedral, all accredited media must enter the zone at Delaware Avenue and Church Street. They will be directed to the media zone on Franklin Street just north of Church Street.

The designated media area is the northeast corner of Church Street and Franklin Street

6:00 a.m. — Live television trucks must arrive (and will be assembled along Franklin Street north of Church Street)

8:30 a.m. — All accredited media must be in place at designated media area.

Wake and Funeral Information

Lt Charles McCarthy:

Viewing:

Thursday, August 27th, 2:00pm – 8:00pm

James Cannan Funeral Home
3155 Orchard Park Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127

Funeral:

Friday, August 28th, @ 9:30 am

St Joseph Cathedral
50 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

FF Jonathan Croom:

Viewing:

Thursday, August 27th, 2:00pm -8:00 pm

Amigone Funeral Home
1132 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

Funeral:

Friday, August 28th, @ 1:00 pm

St Joseph Cathedral
50 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

Funeral Processions

McCarthy funeral procession:

Cannnan Funeral Home- 3155 Orchard Park NY
Union Rd. to Center Rd.
Continue on Seneca St.
Stay right on Swan
Right on Jefferson St.
Left on Utica
Left on Michigan
Left on Seneca
Right on Chicago
Right on Exchange St.
Continue across Main St. to 50 Franklin - St. Joseph Cathedral

Croom procession to church

Amigone Funeral Home -1132 Delaware
Delaware to W. Ferry
Right on Ferry to Main
Left on Main
Left on Parker
Right on Hertel
Right on Main
Left on to Michigan
Left on Seneca
Right on Chicago
Right on Exchange St.
Continue across Main St. to 50 Franklin - St. Joseph Cathedral

Croom Procession to Holy Cross Cemetery

St. Joseph Cathedral - 50 Franklin St.
Right on Church
Right on Michigan
Left on South Park
Stay left onto Abbott
Right on Southside Parkway
Stay left onto McKinley Parkway
Left on South Park to Cemetery