Pond built in memory of NJ State Trooper Bryan McCoy who died from 9/11-related cancer

A memorial pond has been built by volunteers over three days to honor NJ State Trooper Bryan McCoy, who died in 2019 of World Trade Center-glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is a rare and lethal brain cancer that is tragically common among World Trade Center recovery workers.

McCoy had long wanted to build a pond for his wife, but his illness prevented him from doing so.

Bruno Maegerle, who owns a business called Pond Pros, did not know Mr. McCoy, but organized the pond-building event, reports Karen Knight of the Cape May County Herald. Thirty companies from several different states came together to build the pond at little to no cost to the McCoy family.

Bryan McCoy’s dreams were to be a father and to be a NJ State Trooper; he achieved both dreams before his death at 57. Trooper McCoy had four biological children and adopted a fifth child from Russia. The McCoys also housed foreign exchange students for years.

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