9/11 Hero Who Saved Hundreds Of Lives Dies Of Cancer At 45
March 19, 2018 12:06 By Fabiosa
The United States of America lost its hero, Thomas Phelan, the firefighter who saved hundreds of lives on September 11, 2001. He died from cancer, which allegedly, is related to the fumes from that day.
A true hero
Thomas was a ferry captain back in the day. He helped evacuate hundreds of people from the attacked by terrorists World Trade Center. Phelan died on Friday.
He and thousand other people were diagnosed with cancer linked to the twin towers attack. It is believed that the toxic fumes contained carcinogens, which affected people’s health. Reportedly, victims of the 9/11 attack were diagnosed with different types of cancer, not just a specific one.
Later, in 2003, Thomas Phelan joined the fire department as a firefighter. He very soon was promoted to marine pilot.
New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, praised Phelan’s courage and bravery in a tweet:
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 18, 2018
People mourn his death and thank him for the heroism:
Tommy Phelan was a hero before it was his job to be one. He was also one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. The positivity and love he shared with people around him was immeasurable. He will be sorely missed. RIP Tommy ❤️
— Jen (@originaljaytee) March 19, 2018
Thanks and God Bless Tom Phelan. And thank you, Mayor DeBlasio for recognizing his actions that day.
— Paul Geoghegan (@PaulGeogheganNY) March 18, 2018
May he rest in peace. It's heartbreaking how many heroes have died due to 9/11 related illnesses and survivors as well. They were told the air was safe & they continued with the rescue efforts.
— Nadeen ???????? (@simmadownnow21) March 19, 2018
We thank Thomas Phelan for his service, kindness, and heroism. It is devastating to hear that such wonderful people leave our world at such young age.