Sergeant Jeffrey Cicora of Baldwinsville passed away in 2019 after losing his battle to cancer, which he developed after working at Ground Zero following 9/11.
The day of the attack he was working in Cooperstown doing basic training.
Two days after he was sent to help search through debris for people that may have survived.
The following three months he spent searching for bombs in airports with Devitt, his bomb detecting dog.
He returned home to work for years as a Trooper in Central New York but in 2015 discovered he had a very rare cancer that was clearly caused by being at Ground Zero and inhaling the toxins.
He left behind his wife and son, and is one of thousands of first responders that suffered or are still suffering from the impact of fumes and toxins on 9/11.
The World Trade Center Health Program, run by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the CDC, was created to treat survivors of 9/11 and currently supports around 90,000 first responders and 30,000 survivors.
FingerLakes1.com is the region’s leading all-digital news publication. The company was founded in 1998 and has been keeping residents informed for more than two decades. Have a lead? Send it to [email protected].