NORTH RIVERDALE, N.Y. (WPIX)—Funeral services for a Westchester firefighter, who died while battling an intentionally set house fire Friday, were underway Tuesday.
Patrick Joyce, Jr., a 16-year veteran of the Yonkers Fire Department, was laid to rest at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.
A section of Riverdale Avenue was closed for the procession, from Valentine Lane to the church's location at West 260 Street.
All 450 members of the Yonkers Fire Department, along with thousands of additional mourners -- including Governor David Paterson -- attended the 39-year-old's funeral.
Firefighters from other Westchester departments were in town to staff the Yonkers fire houses Tuesday.
Joyce and two fellow firefighters were investigating reports of people trapped on the third floor of the Yonkers home located at 149 Waverly Place.
The intensity of the three-alarm blaze forced the three men out of a third-story window. It is still unclear if they fell or jumped out because the two surviving firefighters are not well enough for interviews.
Joyce was initially listed in serious condition at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers before he died from his injuries.
The house fire, which began at 1 a.m. Friday, was labeled suspicious after investigators discovered the fire began in several locations on the first floor of the home. On Saturday, police arrested ex-tenant Rafael Roldan for arson and charged him with second-degree murder, second-degree arson and two counts of second-degree burglary.
Roldan, who was recently evicted from the home, is accused of setting the house ablaze when he returned to retrieve his belongings, but thought his possessions were tossed around.
Nearly 100 firefighters were in the courtroom at Roldan's arraignment on Monday to honor their fallen colleague. Roldan is due back in court on Wednesday.
"They are here to show support for the Joyce family and to support the police department, who made this arrest," Yonkers Fire Commissioner Anthony Pagano said during a press conference.
The two other firefighters -- Lt. Joseph Murray, 54, and firefighter William Kanych, 38 -- were transported in critical but stable condition to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
Murray's condition remains unchanged since Friday as he sustained broken ribs, a punctured lung and second-degree burns on his hand. Kanych, who sustained a broken ankle, cracked vertebrae and burns to his face and neck, has improved to fair condition.
Joyce leaves behind his wife tara and two young daughters -- 7-year-old Isabella, and 6-year-old Charlotte. One of Joyce's brothers, Peter, is also a Yonkers firefighter.
The last time a Yonkers firefighter die in the line was in 1986, when Walter Borak fell off a firetruck en route to a false alarm.
Seventeen people are still displaced from Friday's fire.