Family and fellow Riverhead volunteer firefighters laid ex-captain Martin “Sonny” Zaneski to rest Saturday, with services at St. Isidore Church and cemetery.

2014_1109_zaneski5The 56-year veteran firefighter died Nov. 5 at age 77.

RFD vols paid homage to Zaneski in class A uniforms, lining the walkway to the church entrance on Pulaski Street. A large American flag was suspended from the extended ladders of two ladder trucks outside Riverhead Fire Department headquarters, where the fallen firefighter’s name was added to a memorial plaque on the building facade. A white cross stood next to one of the ladder trucks, provided by Mattituck FD; the cross held Zaneski’s helmet and his boots stood at its base.

An engine carried Zaneski’s casket past the headquarters and led the funeral procession to St. Isidore’s Cemetery on Reeves Avenue.

Zaneski leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Barbara, four children and nine grandchildren.



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