Hero FDNY firefighter who lost brother on 9/11 dies from cancer

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February 23, 2020 - 1:33 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Another one of New York’s Bravest has died from 9/11-related cancer.

FDNY member Daniel Foley, a father of five from New Rochelle, died Saturday at 46. He was a 21-year veteran of the FDNY. He served at Rescue Company 3 and Ladder 49 in the Bronx.

On Sunday a vigil for Foley was held outside Rescue 3, where he was remembered as the "epitome of a great fireman."

He was decorated multiple times for rescues and was last on the job about a year ago.

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9/11 responder John Feal, whose FealGood Foundation advocates for 9/11 first responders, told 1010 WINS about the first time the two of them met.

“I met Daniel on July 29, when President Trump signed our bill,” Feal said Saturday. “I was looking at pictures today on social media, and he didn’t look like the man in the pictures. He was obviously sick, but he came up to us and he thanked us for getting the bill passed. He was there with his wife. I said, ‘never thank us.’ He told me he had cancer. And this morning I found out he had passed away.”

Last July, Trump signed a bill extending the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2092.

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Foley had pancreatic cancer related to the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Foley spent days searching for his brother, Thomas Foley.

Thomas, an 11-year veteran of the FDNY, was found 10 days later. He was 32.

Well over 2,000 people have died from 9/11-related illnesses in the past 18 years, many of them first responders.

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