9/11 Responder Buried After Battle With Cancer
POSTED: 4:10 pm EST December 1, 2007
UPDATED: 6:40 pm EST December 1, 2007
NEW YORK -- An emergency medical service lieutenant with the New York Fire Department was laid to rest Saturday, and his colleagues say his death stems from toxic dust he inhaled at the World Trade Center site.
Lt. Brian Ellicott arrived at the World Trade Center site on the night of September 11th, 2001, and logged more than 100 hours working to clear the site and search for survivors, the Uniformed EMS Officers Union said.
Ellicott, 45, died Tuesday at Staten Island University Hospital after a three-month battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, officials said.
He left behind a wife and two kids.
Colleagues said the city has denied requests to classify Ellicott's death as in the line of duty, which would increase the benefits his family would receive.
The FDNY said it will do everything it can to support his family's application for benefits from the state Workers' Compensation Board.
Colleagues also want Ellicott listed as a casualty of 9/11.
Devoted N.Y. 9/11 responder dies after battle with cancer
EMS lieutenant spent 100 hours on 'The Pile' killed by cancer at 45
By Tevah Platt
Staten Island Advance
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As an EMS worker, Lt. Brian Ellicott was best at comforting his patients: "When you're better, you'll go out dancing," he used to tell them, distracting them from their pain. Lt. Ellicott, described as a big, "teddy bear" of a guy and a father of two, did that most every day.
Sept. 11, 2001, was different; there were few injuries to dress, just toil to be done in the dust.
Lt. Ellicott spent months working in "The Pile" at Ground Zero, toiling for 100 hours in the first two weeks after the terrorist attacks, according to the Uniformed EMS Officers Union.
His partner said he'd spent those hours facing the fact that "you never know when your time is going to come."
Lt. Ellicott didn't know that his own life span may have been refigured in those first 100 hours of labor.
Open Letter from 9/11 Rescue Worker to Rudy Giuliani
Friday, August 10th, 2007
My name is John Feal. I am a 9/11 responder who was horribly injured at Ground Zero during the clean and recovery. I spent 11 weeks in the hospital fighting for my life and lost half of my left foot. But please do not feel sorry for me.
Yesterday in Ohio you praised yourself a hero and compared yourself to the real heroes of 9/11. You say you were there longer then most 9/11 responders -- that sir is an insult to the 9/11 community.
The thousands of responders including the three in Michael Moore's movie SICKO got sick on your watch. And while you paraded around being hailed a hero, the real heroes of 9/11 got sicker and many have died. Regina Cervantes, Billy Maher, and John Graham are heroes -- they are my heroes -- and they were forced by our government's neglect and denial to seek help elsewhere. So what if it was Cuba? If your wife or son was sick, and you were told the only place to get your loved one help was in Cuba, I believe sir you would not hesitate. So whether it is Cuba, Russia, China, Mars, Venus... help is help. And the problem is not where they got help, but that our great country and federal government failed them. You failed the real heroes of 9/11, and the great people of New York and now you want to run this country.
Attacking Michael Moore and the 9/11 responders is not the way for any self-proclaimed hero to act. Mr. Moore has helped these responders, has helped dozens more and is continuing to help these brave souls while elected officials sit idle and let heroes die.
I implore you, Rudy Giuliani, to meet these three wonderful human beings. I implore you, Rudy Giuliani, to step up to the plate and grow a set of Abe Lincolns and help all 9/11 responders who got sick on your watch. Many more will die if our great nation and not-so-great leaders continue to leave great New Yorkers and Americans without care. Shame on you sir for being a poseur and trying to capitalize on your mistakes while thousands of true heroes get sicker.
In closing, sir, I wish you great health and happiness, but not success in your presidential campaign unless you do what is morally right and start helping 9/11 heroes. If you couldn't help the people of our great city, then how in Sam Hill are you going to help the people of this country?
Sincerely & God Bless,
9/11 responder/advocate/founder of the Fealgood Foundation