February 16, 2017
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – “This week we mourn the death of one of New York City’s firefighters. On Thursday, we lost one of our brothers due to the results of cancer caused by his service at the World Trade Center site following the 9-11 attacks.
Robert Newman, who was retired from Ladder 18 in Manhattan in 2005, and also served his country in Vietnam, passed away on Thursday. He was active and healthy before 9-11, and had given 40 years of service to New York City. He was 70 years old.
Newman is the fourth firefighter who has passed away due to a 9-11 related illness this year. He was involved with the rescue & recovery efforts at Ground Zero for many weeks & months in 2001. Robert was a member of the FDNY.
Due to the devastating 9-11 attacks on our nation, numerous New York City Firefighters have been getting sick and dying in high numbers due to cancers and other diseases caused by breathing the toxic air at the World Trade Center.
Ret. FF. Robert Newman’s death is a sad reminder that New York City Firefighters and other first responders continue to suffer from the aftermaths of 9-11. More than 15 years after the tragic event, 126 firefighters and fire officers have passed away due to 9-11-related illnesses.
The UFA Executive Board and the entire union membership extends our heartfelt condolences to his family and to those he served with.”