Michael Novinson
Times Herald Record
January 17, 2011

WARWICK — The steady beating of the drums and shrill sound of the bagpipes pierced through a crisp Saturday morning wind as some 150 New York City firemen stood at attention, awaiting the casket of the 51-year-old bone cancer victim.

“Roy was always one to do things for himself, but now he learned he had to accept help from others,” Joan Chelsen told the roughly 400 people gathered in the Warwick Valley High School auditorium to remember her brother.

The daring, hardheaded Staten Island native saved the lives of 18 of his FDNY brothers when he ushered them out of the World Trade Center’s north tower moments before it collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001.

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