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Christopher Pickford
World Trade Center, New York City, NY
Employer: New York Fire Department

New Yorks, NY 
Age: 32
Firefighter

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Michael Iezzi

SAFELY HOME

I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh, but Jesusí love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.

And He came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesusí arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earthís shadows,
Pray to trust our Fatherís Will.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth Ė
You shall rest in Jesusí land.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!


Michael Iezzi

Father we entrust our brother Christopher to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.