More Ground Zero Cancer
After terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a New York ferry captain who later became a city firefighter helped evacuate hundreds of people from Lower Manhattan.
He was Thomas Phelan, 45, one of the many heroes who came to the city's rescue after the attack. Phelan died on Friday, authorities said, one of the thousands of victims of cancer linked to the 9/11 attack.
Phelan worked for Circle Line Statue of Liberty ferry cruises when the twin towers were hit and helped ferry people from Lower Manhattan, FDNY spokesman Jim Long confirmed. In 2003, Phelan joined the fire department as a firefighter and eventually was promoted to marine pilot, Long said.
So he was only 45, very young, and didn't apparently work at Ground Zero. But I suppose he must have taken in a lot of WTC dust as he ferried people. God knows what exactly he was exposed to, presumably toxic chemicals but radiation as well seems likely.
It would be nice to have a full accounting of just how many people succumbed at an early age to cancer after being near Ground Zero on or after 9/11.
A full accounting, and justice for the real crimes of that day.