Retired 9/11 Responder, Now Battling Cancer, Gives First-Hand Account Of Dangers At Ground Zero
June 24, 2011 2:23 PM
Barry Galfano (credit: YouTube)
Reporting Peter Haskell
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - A retired New York City cop is featured in an emotional YouTube video that pays tribute to the sacrifices made by New York’s finest on its darkest day.
“I knew at the time, I’m breathing in smoke and I’m breathing smells that I know are probably poisonous chemicals and I’m saying to myself ’20 years from now, I’m going to wind up with lung cancer or something,” says Barry Galfano in the video. “I never expected eight years later to find out, you know, not 20 years. It’s now.”
It’s a moving first-hand account of the dangers posed at Ground Zero.
57-year Galfano is now suffering from brain cancer and has tumors all over his body.
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A surgery scar is clearly visible on his head in the video.
He’s a retired NYPD captain and sees the illness as a blessing. He’s now closer than ever with his family.
“After cancer, we’re inseparable and I got to know them better than I ever did. They got to know me better than they ever did,” he says.
The video was made by the captain’s union.
“I hope people take from it the tremendous drive that Barry Galfano has and his tremendous will to live,” says union president Roy Richter.
Richter says Galfano is still fighting, but is now gravely ill.