Fireman who evacuated hundreds on 9/11 dies of cancer

NEW YORK – in New York City fireman who helped in the evacuation of hundreds of people during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack has died of cancer.

Thomas Phelan was 45.

Family and friends told the New York Daily News that Phelan died from cancer linked to the toxic fumes at ground zero. The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York says more than 170 firefighters have died as a result of illnesses related to the World Trade Center attacks.

Phelan was a captain of a Statue of Liberty ferry during the 2001 fall. He helped with the evacuation of Lower Manhattan and ferried rescue workers and supplies to the scene.

He joined the fire department in 2003 and was assigned to Marine 9 on Staten Island.

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