Ray Pfeifer Foundation says more than 200 firefighters have now died from 9/11-related illness

The foundation reported the deaths of two retired FDNY firefighters last week, raising the toll to 200

By FireRescue1 Staff

NEW YORK — The total number of firefighters who have died due to 9/11-related illness has risen to 200, according to the Ray Pfeifer Foundation.

The foundation, named in honor of the FDNY firefighter who died in 2017 from 9/11-related cancer, reported the deaths of retired Firefighter Brian W. Casse and retired Captain Dennis M. Gilhooly in Twitter posts last week with the hashtag “#200andcounting.”

According to their obituaries, Gilhooly died from cancer on Nov. 30 and Casse died on Dec. 4.

Since then, the foundation has also reported the Dec. 6 death of retired FDNY Firefighter William D. Walker.

The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York reported in March 2018 that more than 170 firefighters had died due to illnesses resulting from the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, according to CBS News.

More than 50,000 people in total have been diagnosed with illnesses related to the attacks.

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