23 January 2011

FDNY Firefighter Who Worked at WTC Site Dies

A retired FDNY firefighter who spent two months in the remains of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks died of lung disease Tuesday, according to The Daily News.

William Quick, 55, worked at Ground Zero every day from Sept. 12, 2001 until mid-November that year after he blew out his knee.

The USFA has listed Quick's death on its memorial database. This year the agency has begun to announce illness-related deaths attributed to time spent working the WTC following the attacks. The death of former FDNY Firefighter Roy Chelsen also was listed after he succumbed to cancer on Jan. 9.

Quick's family told The Daily News that shortly after he returned to work in January 2002, he started to develop lung infections.

By the next year, the lung disease forced the 23-year veteran into retirement.

"They told him he had to retire, which he never wanted to do," his wife, Lisa Quick, told the newspaper.

She said she is glad Congress passed the 9/11 Health Bill last month.

"I hope that maybe it will help my children, because I don't know what happens now."

Before his death, William Quick was hooked up to an oxygen machine around the clock.

Quick is survived by his wife and twin sons.

A wake will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 and Friday, Jan. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Macken Mortuary in Island Park on Long Island.

His funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. at St. Ignatius Martyr in Long Beach on Long Island.

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