Funeral Held for FDNY Chief Who Died of 9/11-Related Cancer

NY 1 - June 30, 2018

A funeral service was held Friday for an FDNY chief who died of cancer related to the September 11th terror attacks.

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at St. Thomas Church to say goodbye to Chief Ronald Spadafora.

He spent 40 years with the FDNY, where he was a first responder at the World Trade Center site.

Spadafora also served as chief of fire prevention.

"He really built it up into a great entity that it is today, really thanks to one person, Ron Spadafora, inspiring everybody that worked for him to do better. And we're just lucky to have had him and very sad to have lost him," said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

"He's a great inspiration to a lot of the young guys coming in. People like him and people who spend a lot of time in the FDNY too, they're really good at inspiring us," said Erasmo Soto of the FDNY.

The FDNY says Spadafora is the 178th firefighter and highest-ranking member of the department to die from a 9/11-related illness.

He was 63 years old.