April 6, 2017
By UFA President James Slevin
New York, NY - “This week we mourn the death of one of New York City’s bravest firefighters. On Sunday, we lost one of our brothers due to the ravages of cancer caused by his service at the World Trade Center site following the 9-11 attacks.
Roy, who retired from Ladder 156 in Brooklyn in 2003, also served his country in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He was active and healthy before 9-11, and had given 14 years of service to New York City. He was 67 years old.
Since shortly after the 9-11 attacks on our nation, New York City Firefighters have been getting sick and dying in record numbers as a result of cancers and other diseases caused by breathing the toxic air at the World Trade Center site. Medical data that the FDNY maintained on every New York City Firefighter pre-9-11 gave doctors conclusive scientific results on the negative health impact the environment had on our members.
Smith is the fifth firefighter who has passed away due to a 9-11 related illness this year. He lost his battle with stage four lung cancer and was a member of the FDNY.
Ret. FF. Roy E. Smith’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, 127 firefighters and fire officers have passed away due to 9-11-related illnesses.
His funeral will take place on Saturday at 11am in Staten Island, NY.
On behalf of the entire UFA Executive Board and the union membership, we extend our condolences to the members of his family and to the members of the companies that he served with. New Yorkers and our nation must never forget the sacrifices that Roy and many other brave firefighters made.”