Ground Zero Firefighter Dies of Leukemia, His Cancer Blamed on Benzene Fumes
Kevin M. Delano, a firefighter who worked to find survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, has died of leukemia.
The former Howard Beach, Queens, resident was 54 and died July 30. As a member of Ladder 142 in Ozone Park, Queens, Delano was one of the first people to arrive at the rubble of Ground Zero after the skyscrapers crumbled.
He worked at the site for more than 40 hours straight. He had hoped to find any survivors, but especially sought his close friend, Ray York, of Howard Beach, who was killed.
Delano's doctor blamed the leukemia on burning benzene in the rubble, but this seems very rapid for a chemical-induced cancer. The more obvious explanation is radiation from the nuking.
Coincidentally, the latest paper from Kevin Ryan and Steven Jones talks a lot about benzene and other unusual compounds being at Ground Zero. They blame these compounds on leftover thermite burning in the rubble. The more obvious explanation for the extreme temps in the rubble is the nuclear China Syndrome from left-over and/or fizzled nukes.