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For Release April 10, 2017

UFA Announces Death of FDNY Firefighter from 9-11 Related Cancers

NEW YORK CITY - Today, UFA President James Slevin released the following statement on the death of the retired FF James (Jimmy) Lanza from 9-11-related cancers:

“Today we mourn the death of one of New York City’s firefighters. Last Thursday, we lost one of our brothers due to the results of cancer caused by his service at the World Trade Center site following the 9-11 attacks.

Jimmy joined the FDNY in January 1979 and was first assigned to Engine 14 before transferring to Ladder 43/ Engine 53 - El Barrio's bravest in Harlem. He retired from Ladder 43 in 2007, and was also a Vietnam Veteran, having serving his country in the US Navy during the Vietnam conflict. He was active and healthy prior to 9-11 and had given 28 years of service to New York City. He was 71 years old.

Lanza is the sixth firefighter to pass away due to a 9-11 related illness this year. During his career, Jimmy was an active member of our union, sitting on numerous committees and always leading by example. When he was an active firefighter, Jimmy organized trips to visit the disabled veterans at places like the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, bringing gifts and other members to show support for our veterans.

Since shortly after the 9-11 attacks on our nation, New York City Firefighters have been getting sick and dying in record numbers as a result of cancers and other diseases caused by breathing the toxic air at the World Trade Center site. Medical data that the FDNY maintained on every New York City Firefighter pre-9-11 gave doctors conclusive scientific results on the negative health impact the environment had on our members.

Ret. FF. Jimmy Lanza’s death is a sad reminder that New York City Firefighters and other first responders continue to suffer from the aftermath of 9-11. More than 15 years after the tragic event, 128 firefighters and fire officers have passed away due to 9-11-related illnesses.

Jimmy was a faithful volunteer with the Fire Fighter Family Transport, a group that offers transportation to and from hospitals for our injured and ill members and their families. He also participated and assisted with nearly every WTC/ LOD funeral that occurred.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday at 10am in Woodside, NY.

New York City and the country will never forget the sacrifices that Jimmy and many more of our brave firefighters have made.

The UFA Executive Board and the entire union membership extends our heartfelt condolences to his family and to those he served with.”

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