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A retired FDNY firefighter, whose older brother died when they both responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, passed away Saturday from an illness related to the tragedy, the FDNY said.
Daniel Foley, 46, rushed to the World Trade Center with his firefighter brother, Thomas, 32, on Sept. 11, 2001, an FDNY spokesman said. Thomas died that day in the line of duty.
Daniel’s death was attributed to pancreatic cancer related to the rescue efforts at Ground Zero, the department said.
More than 200 FDNY firefighters have now died due to illnesses related to the toxic Ground Zero site.
Foley’s passing came after two Republican senators — Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and. Mike Lee (R-Utah) — held up legislation to reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, despite strong bipartisan support behind the measure
The bill would permanently provide cash funds to 9/11 victims and their families.