Worked with mayor.




May 8, 2007 -- A detective on Mayor Bloomberg's security detail died yesterday of cancer - an illness his family and union officials believe can be traced to his work in the toxic debris at Ground Zero after 9/11.

Detective Kevin Hawkins, 42, died at 2 a.m. at the hospice unit of Calvary Hospital in The Bronx, said Vic Cipulla, vice president of the Detectives Endowment Association.

He'd been diagnosed with kidney cancer in September.

Cipulla said Hawkins and his family had filed a claim that would seek verification that his illness was in the line of duty, making him eligible for a disability pension.

"Members have come down with various forms of cancer and there are many still to come," he said.

The claim was prompted by a law - passed in 2005 and named after Detective James Zadroga, who died of lung disease after his work at Ground Zero - that ensures public workers can get a disability pension if their illness is traced to the recovery effort.

Hawkins worked at Ground Zero for two months.

"Kevin brought a quiet reserve and a sense of duty to everything he did," a statement from Bloomberg said. "He fought this disease with the same integrity and strength that he displayed serving our country and our city."

Hawkins, who joined the department in 1987, also served two tours of duty in the Gulf War in 1990.

"He was a member of the United States Marine Corps who served his nation in war, as he did the Police Department, with pride and dedication," Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Hawkins is survived by his wife Marie, and three children.

Rest in Peace

This makes me SOOOO ANGRY !!!!!!!!!!

Im so f*cking pissed im in tears.


This is far beyond shameful, it's despicable! And why don't we

hear a peep out the the NYC Police Dept? If they won't protect each other, why should we expect them to protect the public???

NYC cops know how to picket, protest, threaten to strike, etc., when they want a pay raise--so why are they doing nothing regarding 9/11??? (They stick-up for Silverstein whenever truthers visit the new WTC-7 though!)

Thanks and We'll Miss You

Thank you, Kevin Hawkins, a,k,a, Hero. My condolences to your loved ones. All decent citizens miss you already.


Wasn't he in some of the 9/11 videos or interviews?

Senior 9/11 Bureau Chief, Analyst, Correspondent

9/11 — GET rEVENge! (in a peaceful manner, of course)

What about the cleanup workers?

In 911 Mysteries and so many other similar flicks, you can see hard-hats at work in the steamy ruins of the WTC complex. I wonder why we never hear of their heath issues? Or do we?

Also, it seems like that crowd would make for excellent interviews, about what they encountered there -- pools of molten metal and so on. It would be good to learn of their instructions as to how they were to handle the cleanup -- such as, did anyone ask them to cut the pieces using angle cuts, and so on. Did they find angle cuts on first coming on to the site? That sort of question.

If we found several to ask, whoever did it would do well to compose a good list of questions. People here could help put together that list. You'd want to video the interviews.

Yes, keep reading and researching

They are often called the "first responders", but they, and others, continued to work at "ground zero" for about 2 years, +/-.

And they are all sick, or will get sick in the next 10 to 20 years. Some quicker, some slower.

Many have already died.

There have been interviews. Some are not talking for various reasons. And they are also being media blacked-out. They (finally) had a very short segment on "The View" with Rosie O'Donnell awhile back.

Some are trying to sue the government and Christine Todd Whitman (former head of the EPA).

Some are pro-9/11 Truth (and Justice!). Others are not.

Senior 9/11 Bureau Chief, Analyst, Correspondent

9/11 — GET rEVENge! (in a peaceful manner, of course)

I see...

But somehow I got the impression that the term 'first responders,' as we use it, includes mainly just firemen and, as in this case, policemen. I do not remember specific attention to the hard-hat workers. Potentially there may be many more of them who were on the job there, and for longer periods too.

My condolences...


Yes, this made me so upset

I went out on my deck and played the blues on my flutes for two hours until I couldn't play any more.

I think I'm going to go down to my local police department with this and remind them of why I put signs up all over town. Real friendly like.

*&%*&^%#$@$&^*&%^ GRRRRRRR

Dagnabbit, y'all, we need to step it up, get the perps and take care of all these folks.

I want to get Rosie (and whoever she can persuade) out to the SF Bay Area to do a benefit for the first responders. I'm sure LA could draw a good crowd, too.

Love is a verb, let's get busy.

The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.