Houston firefighters to be added to fallen firefighter memorial

HFD Captain Anthony Tortorice died last January

HOUSTON - A man who died after helping in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks is among the nine Houston-area names set to be added to the fallen firefighter memorial this weekend.

HFD Captain Anthony Tortorice, along with others from the Texas task force, spent two weeks helping with search and rescue at ground zero in New York after September 11, 2001.

"It's a real precarious area to be in with the structural steel hanging and dangling," Tortorice said in 2001.

Capt. Tortorice died last January from lung cancer.

"There obviously isn't a way to connect that directly to 9/11 but again, the number of cancers we saw as a result of people responding to help in 9/11 is significant," said Jeff Caynon, president of the Houston Firefighters Association.

Capt. Tortorice along with the names of eight other Houston firefighters will be added to the fallen firefighter memorial in Colorado Springs this weekend, to honor firefighters killed in the line of duty.

"If he were sitting here, he'd tell you, he'd do it again. He considered it an honor," Caynon said.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health announced Monday responders, as well as survivors exposed to toxic compounds from the wreckage at ground zero, will be covered for cancer under the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

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