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9/11 illness kills 3 retired firefighters in 1 day

26 September 2014, 08:16

New York - The Fire Department of New York says three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero have died on the same day from illnesses related to the 11 September, 2001 attacks.

Lt. Howard Bischoff and firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund died on Monday.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says their deaths are "a painful reminder that 13 years later we continue to pay a terrible price for the department's heroic efforts."

The three worked at the World Trade Centre site after the attacks. One had leukaemia, one had oesophageal cancer and a third had colon cancer.

Also see: Reliving 9/11

The Uniformed Fire Officers Association says first responders showed health problems soon after the attacks, with 99% of exposed firefighters reporting at least one new respiratory illness.

The FDNY lost 343 firefighters on 11 September.

- AP


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