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Local DEC leader dies of cancer associated with 9/11 site

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David McShane, a retired lieutenant with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), passed away at the age of 50 due to cancer associated with his service at the 9/11 attack site. McShane was a key figure in the DEC, supervising officers in Cayuga and Onondaga counties. He was actively involved in the search and recovery operations in New York City following the September 11 attacks, a service that later contributed to his illness.


DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos commended McShane’s bravery and dedication, particularly during the 9/11 crisis. McShane, who joined the Environmental Conservation Police in 1999, had a distinguished 23-year career. He retired in June 2022 from his final posting in Region 7 after a challenging battle with cancer, which included a period of remission before the illness returned.

A native of Marcellus and a SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry alumnus, McShane was also a passionate falconer. He is survived by his wife Angela and their three children. His life will be honored at calling hours on January 28 and a funeral service on January 29 in Camillus, New York. McShane’s commitment to environmental conservation and public safety remains a lasting legacy in the communities he served.



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