After terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a New York ferry captain who later became a city firefighter helped evacuate hundreds of people from Lower Manhattan.
According to CNN, 45-year-old Thomas Phelan was one of several heroes who came to the city's rescue after the attack. Phelan died on Friday, authorities said.
After the twin towers were hit, Phelan worked for Circle Line Statue of Liberty and helped to ferry people from Lower Manhattan. In 2003, he joined the fire department as a firefighter and eventually was promoted to a marine pilot.
CNN writes that Phelan isn't the only person who has died from cancer in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. In fact, thousands of people have been diagnosed with cancers linked to the 9/11 attacks, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's World Trade Center Health Program.
Many people who have been diagnosed with cancer are believed to have died as a result of exposure to known and suspected carcinogens and pollutants after the attacks.
First responders, emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers, and volunteers who helped in the aftermath have all been among the victims. Although many lived, a troubling amount has been afflicted with more than one type of cancer linked with the attack.
USA Today claims that the firefighter succumbed to cancer linked to toxic dust and smoke that billowed around the site of the attack at the World Trade Center.
More than 170 firefighters alone have died as the result of illnesses related to the attack.
The funeral will take place on Tuesday in Brooklyn.
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