Lt. Brian Ellicott
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.