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‘A somber, remarkable milestone’

Number of FDNY members felled by 9/11-related illnesses now equal those who died on the day

Posted 9/29/23

Following the deaths of a retired firefighter and a former emergency medical technician last week, the number of FDNY members who have died as a result of 9/11-related illnesses now equals the number of members who were killed on that September morning 22 years ago. 

Former EMT Hilda Luz Vannata died on Sept. 20 after a battle with pancreatic cancer and retired firefighter Robert V. Fulco  died on Sept. 23 from pulmonary fibrosis. The two are the 342nd and 343rd FDNY members to die from ground zero illnesses.  

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