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SLINGERLANDS: Local fireman collapses

Albany Firemen's Federal Credit Union began a fund in Abriel's name for his wife and children.

"He lived and breathed the fire department," said Sam Fresina, president of the Albany Permanent Professional Firefighters Association.

Abriel raised more than $40,000 after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, for the families of the firemen who died in the line of duty by selling embroidered shirts and hats he made in the garage of his Slingerlands home. The money was used to buy computers for children in New York City and to purchase cars for two families of fire fighters killed on 9-11.

"He was very dedicated and very giving and always there to help everyone," Fresina added.

To send a donation, contact 453-9748 or write to the Ted Abriel Memorial Fund at the Albany Fireman's Federal Credit Union, 532 Central Ave., Albany 12206.

Abriel leaves behind a wife and four children.""

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