Heartbreaking Update: Retired NYC Firefighter Dies Of Cancer Caused By 9/11 - Rest In Peace
Kevin Nolan, one of the thousands of firefighters who responded to the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center in 2001, has passed away on Wednesday due to related cancer at the age of 58.
According to the New York Post, the father-of-three was one of almost 10,000 people to contract an illness related to the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
According to a twitter post by the Uniformed Firefighters Association, Nolan was a member of Engine Company 79 when the 9/11 attacks took place. The Association also shared details on his funeral, which took place on Saturday, July 20.
As per ABC News, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro stated that Nolan is one of 200 members of FDNY to pass away due to an illness related to the 9/11 attacks.
"It is almost incomprehensible that after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die due to World Trade Center illness," he said.
"These heroes gave their lives bravely fighting to rescue and recover others. We will never forget them."
Close to 10,000 people present during the attacks have been diagnosed with cancer related to the attacks. Of that number, 2,000 deaths related to these illnesses have been recorded as of 2018, as reported by lohud, an associate outlet of USA Today.
Dr. Gaetane Michaud, a lung health specialist at the New York University, told NBC News that there is help available for people who have been affected by the World Trade Center attacks.
“I feel heartbroken to know that if at the lowest number, we’re saying there are about 400,000 people that should be benefiting from the World Trade resources, and about 80,000 are actually benefiting from them,” he said.
Our condolences go out to the Nolan family.