New Rochelle Resident Daniel Foley, FDNY, Dies from 9/11-Related Cancer

The Journal News - February 24, 2020

by Nancy Cutler, The Journal News

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The Foley brothers, Tommy and Danny, were also FDNY brethren. Now both are gone, victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Daniel R. Foley, 46, of New Rochelle died Feb. 22, 2020.

His death was attributed to pancreatic cancer related to the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Danny spent days searching for his brother, Thomas J. Foley. Tommy, who was also a West Nyack volunteer firefighter, was part of Rescue Co. 3 in the South Bronx. His body was found 10 days later. He was 32.

Danny, the younger brother, later joined Rescue Co. 3, where Tommy last served. The company had lost eight members, including Tommy, on 9/11.

Now the family and FDNY mourns another loss of life from 9/11.

"It's continuing to affect people and their families through every kind of illness," said Carrie Benedict Foley, Daniel Foley's widow. "Nineteen, 18 years later, you find you have cancer."

Daniel Foley was diagnosed on Feb. 24, 2019, Carrie Foley said.

The Foleys were at the White House on July 29, 2019, when President Trump signed the bill extending aid to those who fall ill from the rescue and recovery efforts at the sites of the terror attacks, including Shanksville, Pennsyvania; the Pentagon; and the area around the World Trade Center in Manhattan, which was engulfed in a toxic swirl of dust and debris.

As of December 2019, the death toll from 9/11-related illnesses was at 2,691, according to the World Trade Center Health Program. The 2001 attacks killed 2,977 people, 2,606 in Lower Manhattan.

Besides his wife, Carrie, Daniel Foley is survived by his children: Erin, 17; Kiera, 15; Brianne, 14; Kendall, 7; and Thomas "TJ" Foley, 6.

He is also survived by his sister, Joanne Foley, co-director of a 2010 documentary about her brother, "Tommy Foley: Legacy of a Young Hero."

Daniel Foley was predeceased by his parents, Patricia and Thomas Foley, and his big brother, Tommy.

Daniel graduated from Clarkstown High School South in 1991. He attended Iona College in New Rochelle, where he played football; he graduating in 1995.

Daniel Foley joined FDNY in 1998.

Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Westchester Funeral Home, 190 Main St., Eastchester.

Funeral services take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church, 83 Clove Road, New Rochelle. Interment follows at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet.