Top Stories 2012: Elmsford Says Goodbye To Fallen Firefighter

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Firefighters give a final salute to volunteer firefighter Tyler Rush on March 26 as his body leaves Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Elmsford. Photo Credit: File/Matt Bultman

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — As 2012 draws to an end, The Greenburgh Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year.

Hundreds gathered to bid farewell to fallen Elmsford firefighter Tyler Rush, who was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident on March 22.

Rush, 24, was the son of Hartsdale Fire Chief Edward Rush and a volunteer fire lieutenant at Elmsford Fire Department. Tyler died shortly after 7:30 p.m. when his 2006 Honda motorcycle collided with a car.

The Elmsford community gathered outside Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for Tyler's funeral four days after his death to remember the former SUNY Rockland Community College baseball star as a loyal friend with an infectious sense of humor. Elmsford village offices and fire and police departments were closed all day to bid farewell.

“Tyler was an outstanding person and a wonderful employee,” Elmsford Mayor Robert Williams wrote on the village website following the accident.  “His dedication to his village job and his volunteerism with the Fire Department always went above and beyond. He will be deeply missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tyler and his family.”

Rush joined the Live Oak Engine Company when he was 18, earning the Firefighter of the Year award three times and a Life Saving Award. He later went on to become a department lieutenant and EMT.

"He was the sweetest person, had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone," said his sister Francesca Rush in March.

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