NYPD cop who spent weeks digging at Ground Zero for FDNY brother killed by 9/11-related cancer 18 years later

NYPD Detective Joseph Paolillo, 55, died of a rare cancer linked to his time at the recovery efforts searching for the remains of his brother, FDNY Battalion Chief John Paolillo, 51, who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Detective Paolillo received an Inspector’s funeral this weekend, reported Clayton Guse and Rocco Parascandola for the New York Daily News.

All this year he fought a rare urethral cancer that rapidly spread throughout his body.

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