FDNY FIREFIGHTERS KEITH YOUNG, 53 & THOMAS PHELAN, 45 HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY DUE TO 9/11 WTC.
FDNY Firefighter Keith Young, 53, whose culinary skills brought him TV accolades as the beloved “Firehouse Chef” has died, the latest victim of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
On Saturday, he lost his battle with 9/11 WTC-related illness.Young, 53, joined the FDNY in November 1998 and retired in September 2016. He worked on rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. While stationed at Ladder 156 in Midwood, he turned the firehouse kitchen into a neatly organized culinary workshop — lining up racks of spices and seasoning, with rows of knives underneath.
Young’s 24-year-old daughter, Kaley, opened up about her dad’s illness on social media.“It’s definitely not easy seeing your dad fight cancer, but the amount of strength he has is so admirable,” she wrote March 3. “This is a time in my life that makes me appreciate every moment that I have with the people that I love even more/
FDNY Firefighter Thomas Phelan, 45, who heroically aided in the evacuation of hundreds of people in Lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001 as the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history unfolded, has died.
Thomas Phelan, 45, of Brooklyn, died on Friday, from cancer linked to the toxic fumes at Ground Zero. Phelan was actually working as a Statue of Liberty ferry Captain on Sept. 11 when “he helped evacuate lower Manhattan & rescue many people to the other side of the river while also providing supplies and shuttling rescue workers.
He joined the FDNY in May 2003, where he was assigned to Engine Co. 55 and Phelan later joined Marine 9 in Staten Island, where he worked as a pilot. Phelan’s death came a day after two other FDNY firefighters — Lt. Christopher J. Raguso and Fire Marshal Christopher T. Zanetis — died in a U.S. Air Force helicopter crash in western Iraq.
Our condolences to all those affected as WTC continues to kill FDNY, NYPD, PAPD, EMS and other emergency and related personnel.