Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NYPD: 986th First Responder Dies From 9/11-Related Illness

A retired NYPD officer has become the 986th Sept. 11 first responder to die from illnesses he incurred while working at Ground Zero.

EAST ISLIP, N.Y. - Robert "Bobby" Ehmer, 47, of East Meadow, Long Island died Sunday after succumbing to a three-year battle with kidney cancer.
Ehmer raced to the site of the World Trade Center and worked there for several weeks as he assisted in the search for survivors and removal of debris.
He along with several thousand first responders were exposed to toxic dust that blanketed the area. He was an officer for the 100th Precinct in Queens and retired in 2005.
He also dedicated his time to his community as a volunteer firefighter and an EMT for St. John's Hospital. In 2007, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer.
His condition worsened over the last three years as the cancer spread throughout his body. Ehmer was single and did not have any children.
Ehmer's family will hold a wake for him on Tuesday and Wednesday. His funeral is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. at Chapel Funeral Home in East Islip.
On Friday, more than 10,000 Sept. 11 first responders and New York City reached a settlement worth at least $625 million over the city's failure to provide protective equipment to the responders, which allowed deadly soot enter their lungs and make them sick.
Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service Link

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