Retired FDNY Lt. Steven B. Reisman, 54, lost his battle with brain cancer on Sunday. His illness was linked to his work on Ground Zero, the Daily News reports.
“He went down to Ground Zero because it was his duty. He did his job with an open heart,” his wife, Joanna Reisman, told Newsday.
“He was a true warrior,” FDNY Capt. Daniel Sambrato of Engine 73 told Newsday. “We were down there together on the pile in all that dust and asbestos. It was snowing down on all of us.”
Mr. Reisman was a 23-year veteran of the FDNY. He retired in 2012, one year after he was diagnosed with an advanced form of brain cancer. Mrs. Reisman told the Daily News her husband battled the illness with bravery.
Along with his wife, Mr. Reisman is survived by his 17-year-old son Michael and his 14-year-old daughter Natalie.
In September 2013, CNN reported that more than 1,100 people who worked or lived near the WTC on 9/11 had been diagnosed with cancer. Newsday reports that Mr. Reisman was one of the 76 FDNY workers that have died from illnesses developed after working on the 9/11 pile.
“9/11 deaths are mounting and they are not only first responders, but tradespeople,” Mrs. Reisman told Newsday. “It is very, very sad. 9/11 is not over for many of us.”