From The New York Times:
Chief Ronald R. Spadafora stayed — for nine months. His assignment was ground zero, the patch of steel and debris that a federal labor official in 2001 called “potentially the most dangerous workplace in the United States.” On Friday, Chief Spadafora’s body was lifted off the back of a fire truck and carried into St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue the same way: swaddled in an American flag and laid in a Stokes basket. The toxins released by the World Trade Center site had given him blood cancer and, on Saturday morning, killed him at age 63.
“He was there as each and every member was carried out,” the fire commissioner, Daniel A. Nigro, said of the post-9/11 recovery efforts, “just as he was carried out of this church.”
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