Retired FDNY Firefighter, Robert Newman, Dies from 9/11-Linked Cancer

NY Daily News - February 14, 2017


Robert Newman, a retired New York City firefighter who spent 40 years with the department, died last week from a cancer he developed while working at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 terrorist attack.

He was 70.

Newman retired from ladder 18 in Manhattan in 2005, four years after terrorists slammed planes into the Twin Towers, killing nearly 3,000 people, and filling the area with toxic dust.

Newman, a Vietnam veteran, was involved with rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero for several months, and health problems forced him to retire several years later.

Newman is the fourth firefighter to die this year from a 911- related illness.

In the 15 years since the attack, 126 firefighters and fire officers have died from 9/11-related illnesses.

Newman's funeral will take place 11 a.m. Tuesday in Farmingdale.