Retired FDNY Lt. Edward McDonagh who ‘never let cancer define him’ dies at 49 from 9/11-linked illness after three-year battle

Lt. Edward (Eddie) McDonagh died of World Trade Center-related colon cancer at the age of 49, leaving a wife and five children. He was sick for three years due to his work finding remains at the site of the towers after the 2001 terrorist attacks, reports Thomas Tracy of the New York Daily News. 

Lt. McDonagh continued working with the Fire Department despite his illness, retiring in July of 2016 from 37 Engine. He was also a United States Marine.

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