2011-12-29 / Front Page

Service For Fallen Sanit Worker Held In Canarsie

By Dara Mormile


Outside Guarino’s Funeral Home, at Flatlands Avenue and East 93rd Street, was a sea of green Friday morning when the Department of Sanitation saluted Thomas Lermand, who died in the line on duty on December 17th. 
Dara Mormile Outside Guarino’s Funeral Home, at Flatlands Avenue and East 93rd Street, was a sea of green Friday morning when the Department of Sanitation saluted Thomas Lermand, who died in the line on duty on December 17th. Dara Mormile 
Left: Sanitation workers and city officials paid their respects at highly attended service; right: Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Doherty join in saluting Lermand after services. Left: Sanitation workers and city officials paid their respects at highly attended service; right: Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Doherty join in saluting Lermand after services. Hundreds of the city's strongest lined up along Flatlands Avenue and East 93rd Street outside Guarino's Funeral Home on Friday, December 23rd, to pay respects to a beloved fellow sanitation worker who passed away while he was on duty.

Forty-eight-year-old Thomas Lermand died on December 17th while he was driving along his collection route on Nostrand Avenue. According to The Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association, it appears Lermand, who grew up in Canarsie, died from an asthma attack or a seizure and collapsed while driving one of the sanitation trucks.

Mayor Bloomberg, who attended the funeral, said, “The events of this week have served as a terrible reminder that life is often too short. As we mourned Police Officer Figoski, let us add the Lermand family to our prayers.


Photos by Dara Mormile Photos by Dara Mormile “The tireless and difficult work of sanitation workers – our city's strongest – is so important to making our city run. I am grateful for Thomas' service to our city,” he added.

The service for the dedicated worker included an honorary salute by a handful of city dignitaries, including Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty and a procession along Flatlands Avenue, led by a marching Irish bagpipe band. Lermand lived in Queens and was a 16-year veteran with the Sanitation Department. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.



Outside Guarino’s Funeral Home, at Flatlands Avenue and East 93rd Street, was a sea of green Friday morning when the Department of Sanitation saluted Thomas Lermand, who died in the line on duty on December 17th. 
Dara Mormile Outside Guarino’s Funeral Home, at Flatlands Avenue and East 93rd Street, was a sea of green Friday morning when the Department of Sanitation saluted Thomas Lermand, who died in the line on duty on December 17th. Dara Mormile

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