ISLIP, Long Island (WABC) — It’s the time of year when local firefighters spread the cheer and Christmas cheer, but this weekend in Islip, the fire department and residents are struggling with the void.

People are shocked by the loss of FDNY firefighter William “Billy” Moon II, who was also a former chief in Islip. The burden cast a shadow over the celebration with purple and black bunting lining its street. Flags are also at half-mast.

“It’s like a bad dream. It’s like… Things like this shouldn’t happen,” Bobby Mason said.

On Monday afternoon at Rescue 2 in Brownsville, Moon, 47, challenged himself even more in his career. He was training to be an elite lifeguard when a tragic accident happened. The moon fell at least 20 feet from the elevated platform.

His neighbor in Islip told Eyewitth News that just a few days ago, he spoke with Moon, who was always comfortable at heights — whether it was putting out fires or putting up Christmas decorations.

“He was such a great guy, such a family man with his kids — he was a light up there,” Mason added.

Moon’s death is much harder to take in Islip because it is the second time this year that one has been fatally wounded in the line of duty for the FDNY.

Back in February Jesse Gerhard passed out and died in his firehouse after fighting a fire in Queens. Gerhard was also a volunteer from Islip.

Meanwhile, Moon leaves behind two young children. His wife released a statement that was read by FDNY Commissioner Laura Cavanagh on Friday.

“His love and passion for his work extended far beyond the walls of the fire service. He instilled the same passion in our children and always talked about the importance of helping others,” she said.

Moon will continue to do this through organ donation, giving Christmas miracles to others.

Firefighters lined up outside NYU Langone Saturday night to say goodbye to one of their own.

Those who knew him best are now preparing for a painful burial.

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