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Hundreds pay final respects to victims of NYC derailment

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Hundreds gathered in two different places to pay their final respect to two victims of Sunday's Metro-North Train Derailment. YNN's Meredith Zaritheny has more on the emotional day in the Hudson Valley.

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. -- Family and friends gathered at the Brooks Funeral Home in Newburgh to remember the life of Donna Smith.

"Very good women I mean did a lot for the community, a lot for the church, did a lot for the Girl Scouts," Cronomer Valley Fire Department Deputy Chief George Resto said.

The Newburgh native, 54, was an active member of the Cronomer Valley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. The Deputy Chief remembers Donna as a kind and happy woman who would light up a room with her smile.

"Donna was a good woman a really good woman she did a lot for the community," Resto said. "She will be missed."

Across the river in Cold Spring, funeral services were also held for Jim Lovell.

"This is not just a memorial event for me,” Representative Sean Patrick Maloney said. “It's a family friend."

Family and friends came together to pay tribute to Lovell's life. Maloney was a close personal friend of Lovell's.

"He was a great father, he was a boy at heart, his kids adored him, just a generous warm person," Maloney said.

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