Nearly 1,000 Turn Out For Funeral Of Ex-HS Football Captain Who Died In Brightwaters Crash Nearly 1,000 Turn Out For Funeral Of Ex-HS Football Captain Who Died In Brightwaters Crash
Nearly 1,000 Turn Out For Funeral Of Ex-HS Football Captain Who Died In Brightwaters Crash Joe Wolfe always knew his son was well-liked, but he didn't fully understand how loved he was until his funeral last week. Massapequa resident Devin Wolfe, age 30, a New Jersey native, died in a car crash on Long Island on Saturday, Sept. 9 in Brightwaters. His former teammates, friends from childhood, peers from college at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, coworkers, coaches, teachers, and relatives flew and drove out to New Jersey for Wolfe's services Thursday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 15 in Bergen County. Seeing the nearly 1,000 of them lining up for visitat…
Beloved NY1 Anchor Ruschell Boone Dies At Age 48: 'A Tenacious Journalist' Beloved NY1 Anchor Ruschell Boone Dies At Age 48: 'A Tenacious Journalist'
Beloved NY1 Anchor Ruschell Boone Dies At Age 48: 'A Tenacious Journalist' Longtime Spectrum News NY1 anchor and reporter Ruschell Boone has died just months after returning to the anchor chair following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Boone died Sunday, Sept. 3, at the age of 48 due to cancer-related complications, the station announced Tuesday, Sept. 5. “For 21 years, Ruschell was a member of our staff, as well as a friend and mentor to many.” A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Boone immigrated to the Bronx with her family when she was 11 years old.  The Emmy award-winning journalist joined NY1 in 2002 as a Queens reporter after discovering a passion for jo…
24-Year-Old Fairfield University Grad Killed In Crash ID'd As Daughter Of Ex-NBA Player 24-Year-Old Fairfield University Grad Killed In Crash ID'd As Daughter Of Ex-NBA Player
24-Year-Old Fairfield University Grad Killed In Crash ID'd As Daughter Of Ex-nba Player A young woman killed in a horrific Connecticut crash earlier this week was the first child and only daughter of a former NBA player. Tiara Wheeler was 24 years old. Her father, Tyson Wheeler, played for the University of Rhode Island men's basketball team as point guard from 1994 to 1998 when the Rams advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight before being drafted by the Toronto Raptors. He later appeared in an NBA game as a member of the Denver Nuggets in 1999. The crash took place in New London County on Monday, Aug. 28 at around 9:30 p.m. in Groton at the intersection of Long Hill Road and t…
'An Amazing Soul': Support Swells For Widow, Son Of Seaford Athlete Who Died At Age 40 'An Amazing Soul': Support Swells For Widow, Son Of Seaford Athlete Who Died At Age 40
'An Amazing Soul': Support Swells For Widow, Son Of Seaford Athlete Who Died At Age 40 The community is rallying around a Long Island family following the sudden loss of a beloved husband and father. Dominic McNulty, of Seaford, died Friday, Aug. 25, at the age of 40 following a brief illness, according to his obituary. “We lost an amazing soul,” reads a GoFundMe created by Lyndsey Hogg. “Dom was one of a kind with a heart of gold. He was an angel in disguise here on earth who did everything for everyone else.” Born in East Meadow, McNulty was an avid athlete. He played Little League baseball and later goalie and catcher for Kellenberg High School’s hockey and baseball teams…
Support Pours In For Family Of CT College Student Killed Entering Wrong Home Near Campus Support Pours In For Family Of CT College Student Killed Entering Wrong Home Near Campus
Support Pours In For Family Of CT College Student Killed Entering Wrong Home Near Campus Support is pouring in for the family of a college student from Connecticut who was shot and killed attempting to enter the wrong house near the campus of the University of South Carolina. Updated story - New Info Released: Shooting Of CT 20-Year-Old Who Tried Entering Wrong Home Deemed Justifiable New Haven County resident Nick Donofrio, age 20, of Madison, was found dead having suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body, on the front porch of a home in Columbia, South Carolina on the 500 block of South Holly Street around 2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, the city's police department said. …
'Ava's Army' Grieves Oceanside 16-Year-Old Whose Resilience Amid Cancer Battle 'Never Faltered' 'Ava's Army' Grieves Oceanside 16-Year-Old Whose Resilience Amid Cancer Battle 'Never Faltered'
'Ava's Army' Grieves Oceanside 16-Year-Old Whose Resilience Amid Cancer Battle 'Never Faltered' Friends and loved ones are mourning the loss of a beloved Long Island teenager being remembered for her smile and positive attitude throughout the cancer battle that ultimately claimed her life. Ava Salonia died Thursday, Aug. 17, at the age of 16 following a brief battle with leukemia, her family announced on Facebook. “Her smile, good nature, and resiliency never faltered throughout,” reads their post on the Ava’s Army Facebook group. “Our family would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support to the Salonia family during this past year.” Salonia, a sophomore at Oceansi…
Syosset Couple Killed In Wrong-Way Crash ID'd: 'The World Is A Darker Place Without You' Syosset Couple Killed In Wrong-Way Crash ID'd: 'The World Is A Darker Place Without You'
Syosset Couple Killed In Wrong-Way Crash ID'd: 'The World Is A Darker Place Without You' A man and woman killed in a double-fatal Long Island crash in which the driver was allegedly intoxicated have been identified. Married couple Ismenia and Odalis Ureña, of Syosset and both age 37, were the victims of the Laurel Hollow crash that occurred on Saturday, Aug. 12, Nassau County Police said. Read the original story: Double-Fatal Crash: Syosset Man Accused Of Driving Drunk After SUV, Ferrari Collide At approximately 12:30 a.m. on that day, 32-year-old Sotirios Spanos of Syosset was traveling eastbound on Northern Boulevard. He was near the vicinity of Moores Hill Road w…
'Everyone Was Family To Him': Community Mourns Long Island Dad, Husband After Sudden Death 'Everyone Was Family To Him': Community Mourns Long Island Dad, Husband After Sudden Death
'Everyone Was Family To Him': Community Mourns Long Island Dad, Husband After Sudden Death Days after the unexpected death of a Long Island man, community members have amassed funds to support his widow and their four-year-old daughter. “Brian didn’t have acquaintances or friends, he only had family. Everyone was family to him and that’s how he lived and loved.” On Sunday, Aug. 6, Brian Flaherty died of a heart attack in his sleep, according to his wife Lenora and a GoFundMe set up by her sister, Arianna Zee. Zee said that, though Lenora attempted to revive him with 911 on the phone, it was too late. Now, as Lenora and the couple’s four-year-old daughter Francesca navigate l…
Triple-Fatal Crash: Support Pours In For Family Of Father, Children Killed In Massapequa Triple-Fatal Crash: Support Pours In For Family Of Father, Children Killed In Massapequa
Triple-Fatal Crash: Support Pours In For Family Of Father, Children Killed In Massapequa The Long Island community is doing what it can to aid a family after a father and his two children were killed in a crash that also left two other family members in critical condition. Sunday, Aug. 6 was not a normal day for Patrice Huntley. It was meant to be a special day. In addition to it being his son’s birthday, the 60-year-old Flushing resident had just received a job promotion and wanted to celebrate both with his family. Patrice took his four children and stepgranddaughter out to get ice cream.  But at approximately 7:20 p.m., while the family was waiting at a red light on…
Community Mourns Loss Of Long Island Firefighter Following Sudden Death Community Mourns Loss Of Long Island Firefighter Following Sudden Death
Community Mourns Loss Of Long Island Firefighter Following Sudden Death Firefighters, friends, and acquaintances alike are grieving for a Long Island firefighter after her recent and sudden death. Kathie Cibulski died on Tuesday, Aug. 1 following a brief and recent battle with cancer, according to an announcement by the Cutchogue Fire Department. The 56-year-old Mattituck native joined the department in 2004. She spent time serving as a past officer, EMT, and the department’s Chicken Barbecue Chairperson. “Most importantly,” the department wrote, Kathie was “a friend to many.” Kathie Cibulski.Facebook/Cutchogue Fire Department A Facebook post announcin…
‘Pillar Of Our Community’: Support Swells For Family Of Late Long Island Dad, Husband ‘Pillar Of Our Community’: Support Swells For Family Of Late Long Island Dad, Husband
‘Pillar Of Our Community’: Support Swells For Family Of Late Long Island Dad, Husband After the years that one Long Island man spent with his community, the community hopes to help his family in their time of need. “Knowing Jim meant that you had a loyal friend for life who would always be there in good times and would be the first one to be there when times went bad.” On Thursday, June 8, Jim Weydig died following a three-year battle with cancer. Jim (also known to various people as James, Jimmy, Digger, and Digs was “a pillar of our community,” according to a GoFundMe set up by friends of the Weydig family. He served many roles in the community – Jim was an architect,…
Popular TV Meteorologist, CBS-TV's Elise Finch, Dies At Age 51 Popular TV Meteorologist, CBS-TV's Elise Finch, Dies At Age 51
Popular TV Meteorologist, Cbs-tv's Elise Finch, Dies At Age 51 An Emmy Award-winning meteorologist at CBS New York has died unexpectedly. Elise Finch, who was 51 years old, died over the weekend at a local hospital, the station announced. The cause of death has not been determined. Finch was an on-air fixture at WCBS for 16 years, joining the station in 2007. A Westchester County native, she graduated from Mount Vernon High School and Georgetown University before obtaining a Master of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University and completing Mississippi State University's Broadcast Meteorology Program. "Elise was a gifted a…
NY Woman Who Died Trying To Save Dog In Flash Flood Remembered For 'Generous Heart' NY Woman Who Died Trying To Save Dog In Flash Flood Remembered For 'Generous Heart'
NY Woman Who Died Trying To Save Dog In Flash Flood Remembered For 'Generous Heart' Support is swelling for the family of a New York woman who died while trying to save her dog during a rare flash flood. Hudson Valley resident Pamela Nugent, age 35, was swept away after water surrounded her Orange County home in the hamlet of Fort Montgomery during the severe storms on Sunday, July 9, according to a GoFundMe. "She came out, seeing her house was taking on too much water," Gov. Kathy Hochul said during a news conference Monday in Highland Falls. "She was with her dog and her fiancé literally saw her swept away. Terror, right here." Emergency responders later found Nugent’s …
Long Island HS Football Player Who Died After Collapsing Remembered As 'Inspiration To Peers' Long Island HS Football Player Who Died After Collapsing Remembered As 'Inspiration To Peers'
Long Island HS Football Player Who Died After Collapsing Remembered As 'Inspiration To Peers' A Long Island community is mourning the loss of a beloved varsity football player who died days after collapsing at his high school. Robert Bush, age 17, was taken off life support on Friday, July 7, according to the Middle Country School District. It came after the teen collapsed at Newfield High School during workout drills on Monday, July 3. The teen spent days in the intensive care unit at Stony Brook University Hospital, where doctors declared him brain dead on Friday, relative Pattie Noren said. It was not immediately clear what caused him to collapse. Dozens of people, including h…
Fourth Long Island Child Dies Following Crash Near Florida-Georgia Border, Family Says Fourth Long Island Child Dies Following Crash Near Florida-Georgia Border, Family Says
Fourth Long Island Child Dies Following Crash Near Florida-Georgia Border, Family Says A fourth child from a New York family involved in a horrific crash has died. The family of Christian Rojas Redondo has announced that he succumbed to injuries following a triple-fatal crash that happened on Saturday, July 1. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Bay Shore victims were traveling near Jacksonville, Florida on a stretch of I-95. Earlier Report: Triple-Fatal Crash: 2 Children, Teen From Bay Shore ID'd As Victims Near Florida-Georgia Border At approximately 7:40 a.m., a car and SUV crashed when one slowed or stopped in the center lane of a bridge connecting Flor…
Member Of Raveis Real Estate Family Killed In Crash Remembered For 'Loving Heart' Member Of Raveis Real Estate Family Killed In Crash Remembered For 'Loving Heart'
Member Of Raveis Real Estate Family Killed In Crash Remembered For 'Loving Heart' A well-known mother of three from the region who was a member of the William Raveis Real Estate Company family is being remembered for her kindness and impact on the community where she lived. Massachusetts native Meghan Raveis, age 45, died on Friday, June 23 after she was struck by a vehicle while walking near her Connecticut residence in the town of Fairfield in the 500 block of Redding Road. The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, Town of Fairfield Police said. Earlier report: 45-Year-Old Member Of Raveis Real Estate Com…
45-Year-Old Member Of Raveis Real Estate Company Family Dies After Being Struck By Car 45-Year-Old Member Of Raveis Real Estate Company Family Dies After Being Struck By Car
45-Year-Old Member Of Raveis Real Estate Company Family Dies After Being Struck By Car New Update: Member Of Raveis Real Estate Family Killed In Crash Remembered For 'Loving Heart' The death of a well-known mother, wife, and fundraiser who was a member of the William Raveis Real Estate Company family has shaken the Connecticut community where she lived after she was struck by a car while taking a walk. Fairfield County resident Meghan Raveis, age 45, died just before 3 p.m. on Friday, June 23 in the town of Fairfield, in the 500 block of Redding Road. "My heart breaks for the Raveis family," said Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda L. Kupchick. "It’s a horrible tra…
Submersible Implosion: Titanic Expert From Connecticut Leaves Behind Wife, 4 Children Submersible Implosion: Titanic Expert From Connecticut Leaves Behind Wife, 4 Children
Submersible Implosion: Titanic Expert From Connecticut Leaves Behind Wife, 4 Children A day after the tragic news that a former Connecticut resident was one of five men who died when a submersible imploded near the Titanic wreckage, his stepson is recalling what a "kind" man he was. Paul Henry Nargeolet, age 77, of New York City, lived in Litchfield County, in the town of Kent, for nearly a decade, as he took 37 trips to the doomed wreckage on salvage operations, including a couple in the Oceangate Titan. During an interview with WCBS Channel 2 in New York, John Paschall said besides himself, Nargeolet leaves behind a wife and three children. "He's the type of per…
‘Pure Sunshine In Human Form’: Mother's Death Rattles LI Community, Support Rising For Daughter ‘Pure Sunshine In Human Form’: Mother's Death Rattles LI Community, Support Rising For Daughter
‘Pure Sunshine In Human Form’: Mother's Death Rattles LI Community, Support Rising For Daughter “I will make sure that Keely is always cared for and knows how much she is loved.” Alice Eisenberg, like many others, was shocked by the sudden death of her friend Lauren Jill Delman Hanechak (or LJ, as friends knew her). According to Eisenberg’s Facebook account, LJ was first brought to the hospital on Friday, June 9 for what she told friends was a “variety of very concerning” symptoms. It was at the hospital that she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Four days after her diagnosis, LJ died. She left behind her 10-year-old daughter Keely…
‘Beacon Of Light’: Death Of 33-Year-Old East Meadow Doctor Rattles Community, Friends, Family ‘Beacon Of Light’: Death Of 33-Year-Old East Meadow Doctor Rattles Community, Friends, Family
‘Beacon Of Light’: Death Of 33-Year-Old East Meadow Doctor Rattles Community, Friends, Family “We want to give our precious Charlie girl the memorial she deserves.” The community has come together to support the family of Dr. Charlene Curtis-Thomas, a physician at the East Meadow Nassau University Medical Center, in the wake of her sudden death. Dr. Curtis-Thomas, who was a rising third-year Internal Medicine resident physician at Nassau University Medical Center, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 3, according to a GoFundMe started by her family. She was 33 years old. Known as Charlie to friends and family, she was a “wonderful daughter, sister, friend, and colleague w…
Bethpage Community Pays Tribute To Beloved Teacher Who Died At Age 49 Bethpage Community Pays Tribute To Beloved Teacher Who Died At Age 49
Bethpage Community Pays Tribute To Beloved Teacher Who Died At Age 49 A Long Island community is in mourning after losing a beloved music educator, friend, and mother. Deborah Stehlik, aged 49, of Babylon, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 7, according to her obituary. She was born and raised in Bethpage, where she spent the last 25 years leaving her mark on the community. Having received both her undergraduate and master's degrees in music education from CW Post Campus of Long Island University (now known as LIU Post), Deborah wore many hats as an educator. She taught all over Nassau County, including at Hofstra University (where she also received an ad…
After His Sudden Death, Support Swells For Manhasset ‘Loving Father And Loyal Friend’ After His Sudden Death, Support Swells For Manhasset ‘Loving Father And Loyal Friend’
After His Sudden Death, Support Swells For Manhasset ‘Loving Father And Loyal Friend’ After a Long Island man’s unexpected death, the community has come together to raise money for his two children. Bill McLean, born in West Virginia but a resident of Manhasset, died unexpectedly on Monday, May 29, leaving those that knew the 54-year-old with “a profound sense of loss,” as a friend wrote. In the wake of his passing, friends of Bill wanted to ensure that his children, Will, aged 15, and Regina, aged 14, are provided “essential” financial support. “His highest priority was always his beloved children,” the GoFundMe description states. “This assistance will alleviate immedi…
‘We Will Hold Him In Our Hearts Forever’:  Oyster Bay Teen's Body Found, Family Announces ‘We Will Hold Him In Our Hearts Forever’:  Oyster Bay Teen's Body Found, Family Announces
‘We Will Hold Him In Our Hearts Forever’: Oyster Bay Teen's Body Found, Family Announces Nearly two weeks after being reported missing, the body of a 19-year-old boater was found, his family said. Jack Koch, aged 19, of Locust Valley, first went missing on the night of Monday, May 15 when he went boating with an 18-year-old friend, according to the Nassau County Police. Earlier Report: Teen Boater Missing After Falling Into Water On Centre Island The two teens had gone sailing on Centre Island in Oyster Bay Harbor, but shortly after setting sail, Koch fell into the water. On Sunday, May 28, the teen’s family announced that Jack’s body was recovered by a local fisherman nea…
Beloved Teacher, Rockville Centre Native Dies: 'Man Of Integrity, Intelligence, Boundless Love' Beloved Teacher, Rockville Centre Native Dies: 'Man Of Integrity, Intelligence, Boundless Love'
Beloved Teacher, Rockville Centre Native Dies: 'Man Of Integrity, Intelligence, Boundless Love' A former educator, athlete, and coach from Long Island who worked in Westchester is being remembered for the deep impact he had on his community over the years.  Longtime White Plains resident Daniel A. Woodard Jr. died on Tuesday, May 16 at the age of 93, according to his obituary.  Born in the Nassau County village of Rockville Centre in 1930, Woodard displayed talent in academics and athletics from an early age and went on to play baseball and football at Winston-Salem State University, where he formed a close bond with Coach Clarence ‘Big House’ Gaines. After g…
Massapequa Boat Racer, Aspiring Firefighter Who Died At Age 28 Had 'Heart As Big As Ocean' Massapequa Boat Racer, Aspiring Firefighter Who Died At Age 28 Had 'Heart As Big As Ocean'
Massapequa Boat Racer, Aspiring Firefighter Who Died At Age 28 Had 'Heart As Big As Ocean' Tributes are pouring in for a beloved speedboat racer and aspiring firefighter from Long Island who died in a boating accident. James Jaronczyk, age 28, of Massapequa, went missing Sunday afternoon, May 7, while boating in the Great South Bay, according to Suffolk County Police. Investigators said he was alone when his 22-foot Progression speedboat hit a wave, knocking him into the water. Earlier Report: Tragic Ending: Body Of Missing 28-Year-Old Who Fell From Boat On Great South Bay Recovered Family members, friends, and total strangers spent the next several days scouring the wate…
‘His Life Has Been Cut Short’: Support Swells For 26-Year-Old Shot, Killed In New Cassel ‘His Life Has Been Cut Short’: Support Swells For 26-Year-Old Shot, Killed In New Cassel
‘His Life Has Been Cut Short’: Support Swells For 26-Year-Old Shot, Killed In New Cassel “We all want to honor Qur’aan’s life by giving him the memorial he deserves.” After a young man was shot in killed in New Cassel, the community banded together to help his family celebrate the life he led. Qur’aan Williams, nicknamed “Q” by those he loved, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a shooting that occurred at around 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. Earlier Report: ID Released For 26-Year-Old Found Shot, Killed In New Cassel In the description of a GoFundMe started for his family, Qur’aan is remembered by author Yolaine Riche as a young man with a “bright future ahead of him.” “He …
Roslyn Boy Involved In Double-Fatal Crash In Jericho Remembered As 'True Champion' Roslyn Boy Involved In Double-Fatal Crash In Jericho Remembered As 'True Champion'
Roslyn Boy Involved In Double-Fatal Crash In Jericho Remembered As 'True Champion' The family hopes to keep their son’s spirit alive by providing underprivileged kids with tennis lessons and scholarships. Drew Hassenbein, aged 14, was one of two Roslyn teen tennis stars who suffered fatal injuries in a wrong-way drunk driving crash the night of Wednesday, May 3. “The Roslyn High School tennis team was celebrating a huge victory where Drew won his match at first singles,” Debbie Hassenbein wrote on Drew’s GoFundMe page of the night of the crash. “Even though Drew was a nationally-ranked boys player, nothing meant more to him than being a part of the Roslyn tennis commun…
‘Outpouring Of Love, Support’ Shown For Roslyn Teen Victim Of Double-Fatal Drunk Driving Crash ‘Outpouring Of Love, Support’ Shown For Roslyn Teen Victim Of Double-Fatal Drunk Driving Crash
‘Outpouring Of Love, Support’ Shown For Roslyn Teen Victim Of Double-Fatal Drunk Driving Crash A fundraiser set up to honor a young Long Island tennis star who was a victim of a double-fatal crash has seen a tremendous amount of support on its first day.  Ethan Falkowitz was one of two 14-year-old Roslyn boys who suffered fatal injuries following a drunk-driving crash on the night of Wednesday, May 3. Earlier Report: 14-Year-Olds Killed In Wrong-Way Jericho Crash Were Young Tennis Stars From Roslyn Falkowitz, Drew Hassenbein, and two other boys were riding northbound on Route 106 in Jericho when 34-year-old Amandeep Singh, also of Roslyn, drove the wrong way and collided with …
14-Year-Olds Killed In Wrong-Way Jericho Crash Were Young Tennis Stars From Roslyn 14-Year-Olds Killed In Wrong-Way Jericho Crash Were Young Tennis Stars From Roslyn
14-Year-Olds Killed In Wrong-Way Jericho Crash Were Young Tennis Stars From Roslyn Two 14-year-old boys killed in a wrong-way Long Island crash involving an alleged drunk driver were young tennis stars. The crash happened around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 in Jericho. A 2019 Dodge Ram operated by a 34-year-old man was traveling southbound on Route 106 (North Broadway) in the northbound lanes and collided with a 2019 Alfa Romero four-door sedan occupied by four teenage boys, Nassau County Police said. As a result of the collision, two of the boys suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced at the scene.  They've now been identified as Drew Hassenbein…
'The Most Selfless, Genuine Man': Support Pours In For Late Long Island Father, Husband 'The Most Selfless, Genuine Man': Support Pours In For Late Long Island Father, Husband
'The Most Selfless, Genuine Man': Support Pours In For Late Long Island Father, Husband Friends, community members, and even strangers are providing whatever support they can to help a woman and her eight-month-old baby following the death of her husband to a rare form of cancer. At just 39, Haralabos "Bobby" Gemelas died after a yearlong battle with an aggressive form of cancer, according to a GoFundMe launched by his sister-in-law, Jenna Licari. He left behind his wife, Samantha, and baby daughter, Kalligrace, who is less than one year old. His loss has left a hole in the hearts of not just his family members, but community members as well. “It was such a privilege and …
Update: Funeral Set For Ex-NYSP Trooper Who Died From 9/11-Related Cancer Update: Funeral Set For Ex-NYSP Trooper Who Died From 9/11-Related Cancer
Update: Funeral Set For Ex-nysp Trooper Who Died From 9/11-Related Cancer This story has been updated: Funeral arrangements are set for a former New York State Police trooper who died from an illness stemming from his time working in and around the World Trade Center site following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Retired Senior Investigator Nicholas Georgeadis, of the town of Wilton in Saratoga County, died Friday, April 28, at the age of 52, according to his obituary.  Georgeadis was assigned to New York City following the collapse of the twin towers and spent 13 weeks working at the site. In 2018, he retired after being diagnosed with a "rare,…