NEW YORK (PIX11) — Three firefighters have died within hours of each other — all from illnesses related to their service during the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
Firefighters Robert Leaver, Daniel Heglund, and Lt. Howard Bischoff died on Monday.
All three men were working at Ground Zero after the tragedy in recovery efforts.
The FDNY reports that first responders showed health problems soon after the attacks and that 99% of exposed firefighters reported at least one respiratory problem.
FDNY officials also recorded 850 firefighters and ambulance workers at the scene were diagnosed with cancer related to work at Ground Zero.
Fire officials as well as the FDNY union (Uniformed Fire Officers Association) President James Lemonda will discuss the three deaths during a press conference Thursday at noon.
- For Lt. Howard "Howie" Bischoff: Saturday, 9/27/14 11:00am @ St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church (935 Bennetts Mills Road, NJ)
- For Dan Heglund: Friday, 9/26/14 10:30 am (FIREMATIC SERVICE ONLY) @ Centerport FD (9 Park Place Centerport, NY)
- For retired FF Robert Leaver: Friday, 9/26/14 10:00 am @ Saint Francis Assisi Roman Catholic Church (128 Parrott Rd Nyack, NY)