The FDNY is mourning the loss of another firefighter who died on Saturday, Feb. 22, after battling 9/11-related cancer, according to the New York Daily News.
Firefighter Daniel Foley of New Rochelle, a retired 21-year FDNY veteran, died at the age of 46 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, an illness attributed to his time spent at ground zero.
Foley joined the FDNY in 1998 and was with Rescue Company 3 in the Bronx. Throughout his career, he was cited 10 times for bravery, four of them on his own and six with his unit.
During the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Foley spent 11 days searching for his brother’s body, Thomas Foley, 32, also a firefighter, had died battling the blaze.
“Danny’s dedication to the department came down to the World Trade Center, where Danny worked day in and day out looking for his brother and all the people that were killed there that day,” Lt. Mickey Conboy of Rescue 3 said. “On the first night, Danny promised his mother and father he wouldn’t come home until he brought his brother home with him. On the 11th day, Danny miraculously found his brother Tommy in rubble at the World Trade Center.”
“The attacks on the World Trade Center have claimed yet another brave member of our Department and the Foley family. Daniel Foley, like his brother Thomas who was killed on September 11th, dedicated his life to rescuing others. We will never forget them,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement before a memorial service at Rescue 3 on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Daniel Foley is survived by his wife and five children.