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Ground Zero Hero Loses Cancer Fight: Detective Sued City to Change Pensions after 9/11

From the Daily News:

Ground Zero Hero Loses Cancer Fight: Detective Sued City to Change Pensions after 9/11

By Alison Gendar, Ernie Naspretto and Jordan Lite
Daily News
May 14, 2007

A retired NYPD street detective who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after toiling at Ground Zero died of the disease yesterday, his wife and the detectives' union president said.

Robert Williamson, 46, died at his Nanuet, Rockland County, home four years after his March 2003 diagnosis, said Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association.

Beginning the day of the 9/11 attacks and for three months after, Williamson spent 16-hour days performing rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center site, his sergeant, Michael Kelley, said yesterday.

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Williamson was among more than 1,700 cops and firefighters who sued the city to change the pension system after the disaster, Palladino said, adding that the married father of three worked "well beyond the required 40 hours at Ground Zero to qualify for a disability pension." (link)

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