Funerals Held For Two Killed in I-81 Accident

Funerals Held For Two Killed in I-81 Accident

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Funerals were held Tuesday for two of the three St. Lawrence County men who were killed last week in an accident on Route 81, just south of Sandy Creek.

First responders from two states and Canada came to honor a fallen comrade, Rod Cota, at First Baptist Church in Parishville, Tuesday morning. 

Those paying respects included the New York Fire Department Pipe and Drums and other EMS workers from New Jersey and Canada.

“It's always our duty to provide for our brothers in the service," said Kevin Haugh of the NY Fire Dept. Pipe and Drums. "It's always an honor to perform whether it is at a funeral today as it is for Rod, sending him on his final way to his resting place, and it's just tradition."

The funeral for the third St. Lawrence County man killed, Cory Moore, was held Tuesday afternoon at an airfield the family owns in the Town of Clare.

Moore was remembered as a man who always rushed to help people in need. Moore loved to fly, and part of Tuesday's tribute was a fly-over at the airfield. He was buried at the airfield, where the family has a cemetery plot.

“This was very important to Corey -- he wanted to keep the legacy of his father, Lloyd Moore," said Kermit Bill, Moore's second cousin. "I, myself, first time I ever went up in a plane was with his dad.

“Corey was a fellow that had a lot of integrity in what he did," Bill said. "It certainly shows here at the airport.”

Cota, Moore and Gregg Williams, all employees of R.D. Lawrence Ambulance in Canton, were killed late last Wednesday night when the car they were in slammed into a milk tanker truck that had jack-knifed, blocking both northbound lanes of 81. 

Gregg Williams' funeral was held Monday.

The funeral for the fourth victim in the crash, Dr. Moonjohn Kim, a radiologist at Samaritan Medical Center, is set for Wednesday.

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