9/11 Responder Buried After
Battle With Cancer
Sunday December 2, 2007
NEW YORK -- An emergency medical service lieutenant
with the New York Fire Department was laid to rest Saturday, and
his colleagues say his death stems from toxic dust he inhaled
at the World Trade Center site.
Lt. Brian Ellicott arrived at the World Trade Center site on
the night of September 11th, 2001, and logged more than 100 hours
working to clear the site and search for survivors, the Uniformed
EMS Officers Union said.
Ellicott, 45, died Tuesday at Staten Island University Hospital
after a three-month battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, officials
He left behind a wife and two kids.
Colleagues said the city has denied requests to classify Ellicott's
death as in the line of duty, which would increase the benefits
his family would receive.
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The FDNY said it will do everything it can to support his family's
application for benefits from the state Workers' Compensation
Colleagues also want Ellicott listed as a casualty of 9/11.
To date, no first responder who became sick and died after working
at Ground Zero has been added to the list.