Fire Lt. Killed by 9/11 Illness Saluted

Fire Lt. Martin Fullam, killed by a rare pulmonary illness caused by his time at the World Trade Center, was remembered at an emotional funeral, reports the New York Daily News.

“When he could no longer fight fires, he continued to fight for all the FDNY members who responded on Sept. 11,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.

“He fought for them so their illnesses would be recognized, and so they and their families would be compensated. . . . Marty knew this was for everyone who puts on the FDNY uniform, who risk their lives to save others.”

Hundreds of fellow firefighters in dress blues flanked the front of Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Staten Island, for the farewell to Fullam.

The FDNY veteran, 56, was surrounded by family members when he died Monday at his Staten Island home. Fullam, who had three daughters, was diagnosed in 2005 with polymyositis, a rare autoimmune disease, and pulmonary fibrosis.

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