Retired NYPD cop who says he got cancer during 9/11 fallout pushes for disability pension after two-time denial from pension fund

Francisco Velez, a retired NYPD lieutenant suffering from throat cancer, is trying for a third time to persuade officials to grant him a disability pension.

NYC’s Police Pension Fund has twice denied Velez a pension while the NYPD’s Medical Board has approved him for a pension three times reports Graham Rayman in the New York Daily News.

The Pension Fund claims that Velez has not proved that he was at the site of the World Trade Center within 48 hours of the 2001 terrorist attacks, although his commanding officer at the time gave an affidavit stating that Velez was at the site during the required time frame.

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