New York ferry captain turned fire-fighter and 9/11 hero, Thomas Phelan, has died of cancer caused by the attack.
Real-life super hero, Phelan, 45, turned his ferry into a rescue vessel for supplies, evacuees, and first responders and helped save the lives of hundreds on September 11, 2001.
The unsung hero died of cancer, that is believed to be attributed to exposure to carcinogens and pollutants during 9/11. He was one of the thousands of cancer-victims, linked to that fatal attack.
According to CNN, John Lang, the FDNY spokesman stated that at the time of the attack, Phelan worked for Circle Line Statue of Liberty cruises. In 2003, he became a firefighter in the fire department and was later promoted to marine pilot.
NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, remembered Phelan’s ‘sacrifice’ and ‘heroism’ and expressed his grief in a tweet on March 19, 2018.
The tweet read, “In our city’s darkest hour, @FDNY firefighter Thomas Phelan’s heroism saved hundreds of lives. We will never forget his service and his sacrifice.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program, Phelan was among thousands who were diagnosed with cancers associated with the 9/11 attacks. Over 170 FDNY members had WTC related illness deaths.
NYC FireWire, an unofficial FB page of the NY Fire Department made the following statement on their page on March 17.
According to the official website of NYC Firefighters, Phelan’s funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at St.Micheal’s Church in Brooklyn, NY.
Official Twitter account of the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA), remembered their fallen soldier with the following tweet.
Thousands turned to social media to praise and honor the hero.
According to his Facebook page, Phelan also shared a special relation with his mother.
RIP, Thomas Phelan, we lost you too soon.