First Firefighter Dies Since Signing of 9/11 Health Law

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Firefighter Roy W. Chelsen’s death on Sunday at his home in Warwick, New York, ended his five-year long battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer that the FDNY, his relatives, and others consider to have been linked to his service on 9/11—and his work in the ensuing weeks searching the rubble for lost colleagues. When he retired in December 2006 (he joined the force in April 1985), he received a World Trade Center disability pension, officials said.

A wake is planned for Thursday and Friday at the Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home in Warwick, and a funeral service will be held on Saturday at the Warwick Valley High School to accommodate the hundreds expected to mourn a man who is the first city firefighter to have died since President Obama signed into law on January 2, the so-called Zadroga Act, a measure covering the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others sickened by toxic fumes and dust after the 2001 terrorist attack on the trade center.

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