Thomas Phelan was a ferry captain when the planes struck the World Trade Center. While many fled Lower Manhattan, Phelan sailed towards the scene and helped evacuate hundreds of people from the city.
In 2003, Phelan joined the fire department and was eventually promoted to marine pilot.
Phelan passed away on Friday, one of the thousands of people who have died of cancer linked to the 9/11 attack.
“In our city’s darkest hour, FDNY firefighter Thomas Phelan’s heroism saved hundreds of lives,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We will never forget his service and his sacrifice.”
Thousands of people have been diagnosed with cancer linked to exposure to carcinogens and toxic pollutants that lingered after the attacks.
Cancer victims include first responders as well as recovery and cleanup workers and volunteers who helped in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Many other people who lived, worked, or went to school in the surrounding area have also been afflicted with more than one type of cancer linked to 9/11.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tomas Phelan’s family, as well as everyone else who lost loved ones during this tragedy.
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