FDNY loses 3 retired firefighters to 9/11-related illnesses

Three smokers who helped with rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center following the September 11 terrorist attacks died over Memorial Day weekend from illnesses related to their work on what was known as “The Pile,” they said FDNY officials.

“In the days leading up to the 20th anniversary of the end of recovery efforts at Ground Zero, three FDNY firefighters lost their battles with a World Trade Center-related illness,” said Andrew Ansbro, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association.

“The terrorist attacks and resulting rescue operation continue to claim the lives of many New York City firefighters who answered the call that day and in the months that followed.”

Retired firefighter Robert J. Reynolds, who served with the department for 20 years, succumbed to his WTC-related illness Saturday. He was assigned to Engine 96.

Supervising Fire Marshal John J. McCauley died Sunday of his WTC-related illness, the department said.

Robert Reynolds
Robert Reynolds served in the FDNY for 20 years.
John McCauley
John McCauley was an Supervising Fire Marshal.

The third member to die over the weekend from a 9/11-related illness was Fireman Michael Verzi of Engine 97, who also died Sunday, the FDNY said.

“We will never forget Fireman Robert Reynolds, Fireman Michael Verzi and Supervising Fire Marshal Jack McCauley, who were taken from us far too soon,” Ansbro said.

“For many New Yorkers, those awful days are long gone, but for those of us who lived through them, we continue to lose friends and family and will continue to care for those who are sick.”

Michael Versi
FDNY member Michael Verzi was part of Engine 97.

The FDNY was the hardest-hit group of first responders on 9/11. It lost 343 members at the World Trade Center site and 253 later died from disease, union leaders told The Post last year.


https://nypost.com/2022/05/31/fdny-loses-3-retired-firefighters-to-9-11-related-illnesses/ FDNY loses 3 retired firefighters to 9/11-related illnesses


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