Two former FDNY firefighters die of 9/11-related illnesses

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Paul Deo and Richard Jones

Paul Deo and Richard Jones died from 9/11 related illnesses. (FDNY)

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NEW YORK — Two retired FDNY firefighters died Friday of 9/11 related illnesses, officials said Sunday.

Richard Jones, 63 was assigned to Ladder 25 and served for 20 years in the FDNY. He had three acts of merit documented in 1992 and 1997. Lieutenant Paul Deo, 74, served the department for 33 years. He was assigned to Engine 317.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro mourned their deaths.

“Nearly two decades later, our FDNY family continues to lose remarkable men and women who never wavered in their commitment to protecting life and property in our city,” Nigro said in a statement. “Our department will never forget them or the bravery they exuded throughout their careers.”

Jones and Deo both returned in 2002.

In July of 2019, the FDNY lost its 200th member to a 9/11-related illness.

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