Firefighting, Health & Safety, Technical Rescue

Firefighter Who Worked Ground Zero Recovery Dies

A Jersey City (NJ) firefighter who worked in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero after the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 died of respiratory failure.

News 12 reported that (http://bit.ly/1otwSip) Captain Mark Lee passed away Friday. Relatives said the respiratory failure was due to his Ground Zero work.

Lee continued to fight major fires in Jersey City despite his deteriorating health. Lee had to leave active duty with the fire department by Christmas 2013 because of his worsening health.

CBS News recently reported that illnesses related to 9/11 work has now killed more police officers than those who died in the attacks. Additionally, a Mount Sinai medical study found a higher cancer rate among 9/11 responders than among people not exposed to the toxins. Four additional types of cancer will be newly eligible for certification as WTC-related health conditions, according to an expanded rule by the administrator of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program.