A former member of the NYPD force has died of an illness related to his work during the September 11 terror attack on the twin towers, police have confirmed.
Detective Christopher Cranston’s death comes just days following the passing of former firefighter Kevin Nolan to a sickness also attributed to 9/11, and less than a month after the death of first-responder Luis Alvarez.
The NYPD 62nd Precinct paid tribute to Detective Cranston, stating he had “lost his brave battle with 9/11-related illness.”
The precinct gathered on Sunday to salute Detective Cranston’s casket outside the station where he started his career.
Sharing the news of Cranston’s passing, they wrote: “Today, we mourn the loss of Detective Christopher Cranston who lost his brave battle with 9/11-related illness.
“Chris began his career in the 62 Precinct & exemplified the very best in our profession. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Today we mourn the loss of Detective Christopher Cranston who lost his brave battle with 9/11 related illness. Chris began his career in the 62 Precinct & exemplified the very best in our profession. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/AltsoaaJHR
— NYPD 62nd Precinct (@NYPD62Pct) 20 juillet 2019
Indeed, there is a harrowing trend to be observed with regards to the deaths of those who were involved in the response and clean-up of 9/11. Cranston passing is not an isolated case, and begs more questions as to the looming Senate vote as to whether to extend the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
The proposed bill would extend the compensation through to 2092, essentially making it permanent, though Senator Rand Paul blocked the bill from being passed by unanimous consent last week.
Even so, the bill is expected to pass by August 2 of this year.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to all those affected by 9/11. Rest in peace, Detective Cranston, and thank you for your service.
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