NYPD Officer Richard Lopez died of 9/11-related cancer he developed after
helping at Ground Zero.
New York, NY – Retired New York
Police Department (NYPD) Officer Richard Lopez died on July 9 after a long
battle with 9/11-related cancer.
Officer Lopez, 52, served with NYPD
for 20 years before he was forced to retired due to the cancer he developed
from working for an extended period on the search and recovery efforts at the
World Trade Center site after the 2001 terrorist attacks that rocked the
nation, the Officer
Down Memorial Page reported.
police officers from eight different agencies, and 343 New York City
firefighters, were killed in the initial attacks and collapse of the North and
As the World Trade Center towers
collapsed, a toxic cloud of dust that contained asbestos, cement, glass shards,
and more than 91,000 liters of jet fuel enveloped lower Manhattan and the
almost 70,000 first responders working on rescue and recovery efforts.
Since then, at least 137 more NYPD
officers and 176 more firefighters have died from health complications related
to 9/11-related illnesses, CNN
reported in June.
Officer Lopez was a native of the
island of Puerto Rico, and the NYPD Honor Guard traveled to Aguadilla to
perform honors at his funeral there.
RIP Officer Richard Lopez, may you're soul be at peace, for you were a HERO, only a Hero runs towards danger when everyone else is running from it.