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Community mourns fallen firefighter

Kevin Krogh joined the fire department in 1986, and was trained by LaGalles.

"He taught me more than any one person has ever taught me; to be a leader, to always respect underclass officers the way you would want to be respected," said Krogh. "Whatever tragedy struck, he was the first to ask what he could do. After 9/11, he drove cases of water down to rescue workers in New York City. Paul will always be a fixture here. I look forward to being able to pass on his teaching to my sons one day."

Born Feb. 3, 1963, LaGalles was the son of the late Joseph and Beatrice LaGalles. He was also predeceased by his wife, Barbara, and sister, Patty. He is survived by two sisters, Betty McCullough of Ballston Spa and Nancy Kardash of Remsen; a brother, John LaGalles of Ballston Spa; and nieces and nephews Jennifer Colacicco, Rebecca Pisani, Laura, Greg and Allison LaGalles, and great-niece Josie Colacicco.

LaGalles was a 27-year member of the Eagle Matt-Lee Fire Company, where he served as captain, chief and president. He was a member and leader of numerous other firemen's associations.

"Paul has not only joined the firefighters there in heaven, but he has a mansion there," said Matt Wilski. "So when you think of him, think of the greatness there."

Following the memorial service, a parade of fire trucks with their sirens silenced joined the procession to burial in the Ballston Spa Cemetery.

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