NY Fire Chief Dies From 9/11-Related Cancer

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The fire chief who led the Fire Department of New York’s rescue and recovery efforts after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks died Saturday after succumbing to cancer related to the destruction at Ground Zero.

Chief Ronald Spadafora was a 40-year veteran of the fire department and played an integral role in the aftermath of the attacks, supervising the entire operation as the World Trade Center Chief of Safety, reported The Washington Times. He was 63 when he died.

The chief had a decorated career beginning at Brooklyn’s Engine 237. He was instrumental in the recovery of several of the city’s natural disasters, including heading up the FDNY’s Logistics Section during both a major blackout in 2003, which left millions of New Yorkers without power, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, according to The Daily News.

“In his extraordinary career, he fought fires in all five boroughs, improved training for every FDNY member, and as the Chief of Fire Prevention for the last eight years, Ron’s dedication and leadership led to greater safety and protection for millions of New Yorkers,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement(RELATED: Iranian Politician Discusses Facilitation of 9/11 Hijackers)

Spadafora is the 178th member of the department to die of World Trade Center-related illnesses, the FDNY confirmed in the statement.

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