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FDNY official who lost father to cancer speaks out as deaths from 9/11-related illnesses rise

Three hundred and forty-one FDNY members have died from illnesses related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the New York-based Uniformed Firefighters Association. 

The total number of FDNY members who died from 9/11-related illnesses is nearly equal to the number of firefighters, 343, who died almost 22 years ago. 

Jim Brosi, whose father Joe died of cancer in February from his 9/11 service, told “Fox News Live” about the lingering health effects after the World Trade Center terrorist attack. 

“When I think of other disasters, I think about how the things that happened at the World Trade Center are different. The lingering effects and the latency of cancer that took so long to show themselves and the debilitating effects of having those diseases is almost hard to imagine. And as people move further and further from the tragedy, I think they become further and further aware of the lingering effects,” Brosi said. 

New York firefighters working at the World Trade Center on 9/11

Firefighters work beneath the destroyed mullions, the vertical struts which once faced the soaring outer walls of the World Trade Center towers, after the terrorist attacks in New York, Sept. 11, 2001.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

He continued, “And what’s even more unfortunate is when we hear about the person passing, and we think about the time that has passed, we often eliminate the amount of time of suffering and treatments and successes and failures throughout the entire process and the toll it takes on the family, on people’s ability to enjoy what’s left of their retirement, or the monetary and personal impact it takes on your soul and your mind and your body.”

Brosi, an FDNY deputy chief, told host Eric Shawn that his father had access to some of the “greatest” care through the World Trade Center monitoring and treatment program. 

“We will never undo what occurred that day. We will never undo the exposure that we subjected our people to. But what we can do is continue to provide early detection. What we can do is continue to provide the treatment that was afforded to my father [in] hopes that these people will continue to live fruitful lives that will go as long as treatment and luck and hope will carry them, he continued.

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Ashley Carnahan is a production assistant at Fox News Digital.

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