Union Leaders Plan News Conference after 9/11-Related Illness Kills 3 Retired FDNY Firefighters in 1 Day


The Uniformed Fire Officers Association is planning a news conference Thursday after three retired FDNY firefighters died from 9/11-related illnesses. Lt. Howard Bischoff and firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund all died Monday.

All three worked at ground zero in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks.

Heglund spent 21 years with the FDNY and died just one day before his 59th birthday.

Bischoff and Leaver grew up together in Brooklyn and were childhood friends. Bischoff served 19 years with the department while Leaver served 20. Read More »

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Three retired FDNY members die of September 11th-related cancers within hours of each other

Thomas Tracy, Bill Hutchinson, New York Daily News

In a heartbreaking reminder that the September 11 attacks are still claiming lives, three retired FDNY firefighters died on the same day from cancer contracted at Ground Zero.

Retired Lt. Howard (Howie) Bischoff and retired firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund all died on Monday after suffering the ravages of 9/11-related illnesses.

Making the news even more poignant is the fact that Leaver and Bischoff grew up together in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and were lifelong best friends.

“I felt at least Robert and Howie went off to heaven together,” Leaver’s widow, Rosaria, told the Daily News. Read More »

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Teen who climbed World Trade Center busted for climbing New Jersey water tower

Ginger Adams Otis, New York Daily News

The teen who eluded security and scaled 1 World Trade Center in March was nabbed again, the Jersey Journal reported Tuesday.

Daredevil Justin Casquejo, 16, of Weehawken, N.J., was arrested September 17 at his town’s water tower, The Journal said, citing an anonymous source.

On September 3, a judge had praised his “remorsefulness” in the WTC antic.

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