NYC: 9/11 fire­fighter’s can­cers caused by drink­ing

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Thomas Tracy

NEW YORK — New York City is balk­ing at a court or­der to pro­vide a re­tired FDNY fire­fighter wast­ing away from a 9/11-re­lated can­cer with a full dis­abil­ity pen­sion, be­liev­ing the for­mer smoke eater’s lethal ill­ness is linked to ex­ces­sive drink­ing, not his time at ground zero, the New York Daily News has learned.

In 2009, just five years after his re­tire­ment, Joe Daly was a burly, bright-eyed, 200-pound Long Is­land re­tiree proudly sport­ing a white horse­shoe mus­tache — a trade­mark he’s had since his days at En­gine 218 in Bush­wick, Brook­lyn.

A decade later, at 138 pounds, he’s a wisp of his for­mer self as he pre­pares for an­other round of chemo­ther­apy to beat back the can­cer that’s al­ready rav­aged his blad­der, liver and colon.

“I’m do­ing pretty s----y, if you want to know. I’m in a lot of pain, but I get used to it,” Daly, 68, told the Daily News; a hint of frailty break­ing through his tough-guy ex­te­rior. “I’ve had blad­der can­cer, liver can­cer and a liver trans­plant. Now I have to go get chemo for colon can­cer, but (the doc­tors) are not sure if I can take it.”

Daly’s can­cer has been in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to his time breath­ing in the tox­ins at ground zero fol­low­ing the ter­ror at­tacks, and he’s al­ready re­ceived hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars from the fed­eral 9/11 Vic­tim Com­pen­sa­tion Fund to pay for doc­tor vis­its and med­i­ca­tions, fam­ily mem­bers said.

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