More Cops Dead From 9/11-Related Illnesses Than Died In Attacks

The number of police officers who have died from 9/11-related illnesses is now greater than the 60 killed in the 2001 terrorist attack.

The names of 13 officers were added to the granite New York State Police Officers' Memorial in Albany, bringing the number of those who died from duty-related illness to 71.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver addressed an audience of police, relatives and other officials at an annual remembrance ceremony on Tuesday in the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany.

"I live near the World Trade Center. I inhaled the toxic smoke that permeated every square inch of lower Manhattan," Silver said. "I know how nobly and heroically the NYPD carried out their duties on that tragic September day and the terrible days that followed."

Thirteen died from cancers related to the rescue and recovery effort at ground zero. Six died in 2013, four in 2012, and three before that. Twelve were NYPD officers and one was an officer from Peekskill who responded to the attack.

Those who died as a consequence of their work at ground zero spent several years disabled and ill, according to Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy. He said more than half the names on the wall were NYPD officers.

Also added to the wall Tuesday were the names of four state troopers, a Buffalo officer who died in the line of duty in 2006, a Yates County deputy who died in 1957 and a state conservation game protector killed in 1914.

Sources: CBS News, WHEC


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