NYPD hero who rushed to Ground Zero dies from 9/11 related illness

NYPD hero who rushed to Ground Zero dies from 9/11 related illness

A police detective has died as a result of health issues which stem from his rescue work at Ground Zero after the terror attack on the Twin Towers in 2001.

On Sunday, the NYPD 62nd Precinct paid tribute to Detective Christopher Cranston, saluting his casket outside his old police station. Cranston's colleagues showed their respect by uploading a video of the ceremony to social media, where the footage quickly went viral.

On its official Twitter page, the 62nd Precinct 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.”

Take a look at the NYPD's tribute to detective Cranston:

Cranston's death comes mere days after the death of 58-year-old firefighter Kevin Nolan; a member of Engine Company 79, and also a first responder during 9/11. Nolan allegedly also died as a result of cancers related to inhaling carcinogens on the day of the worst terrorist attack on American soil.

On July 14, the Uniformed Firefighters Association paid tribute to Nolan on Twitter. Uploading a picture of the heroic member of the emergency services, the UFA wrote: "It is with regret we announce the WTC Related Death of Retired Firefighter Kevin J. Nolan Engine Company 79. Funeral arrangements are posted below.#343andcounting."

According to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, more than 200 members of the FDNY have died of World Trade Centre-related illnesses. In a statement made to CBS New York, Nigro stated: "Kevin is the 199th member of the FDNY to die of World Trade Center related illness. So many years later, we continue to lose those who displayed such incredible bravery on that terrible day, and in the weeks that followed."

The week, the United States Senate is expected to vote on the issue of the extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. If passed, the proposed fund will be extended until the year 2092.