The 9/11 Attacks Have Tragically Just Claimed Their Latest Victim

by : Tom Percival on : 28 Jan 2017 14:51
Longford Leader

A heroic firefighter who worked tirelessly during the 9/11 terrorist attacks has died, becoming the 124th officer to die as a result of breathing in toxic air at Ground Zero. 


61-year-old and father-of-three, Brian J Masterson, died this week from esophageal cancer. A disease which has been directly linked to him being exposed to the dust during the 2001 attack and in the months following.

Brian was one of numerous first responders who’ve been diagnosed with the disease as a result of their bravery on that infamous day.


Tributes were made to the firefighter, originally from Lissavaddy, Co Longford, Ireland, at his funeral this Friday in Walden New York.


Founder of the 9/11 Rescue Workers and Friends Forum Group, Claudia E. Thomas, spoke of Brian’s legacy.


She said:

9/11 FDNY Responder Brian Masterson was the Captain of his soul and of the hearts of those who knew him.A member of Engine 93 Ladder 45 Battalion 13 in Washington Heights, and later Marine 9 (Fireboat II).

His life was dedicated to the job he loved and started out in back in 1990 and survived several life threatening emergencies.But such is the metal of one like Brian, who passed January 22, 2017, from related cancer, age 61. ‘Fair winds and following seas’ brother!

In the 15 years since the attack 124 firefighters have died as a result of the attacks James Slevin, President of the Unified Fire Authority, claimed.


Mr Selvn added: 

The deaths of Ret. FF. Brian Masterson and FF. Kevin Rooney are unfortunate reminders that New York City Firefighters and other first responders continue to suffer from the aftermaths of 9/11.


Brian is survived by his wife Mary Masterson, two daughters Barbara and Shanon Masterson, son Joseph Masterson and his granddaughter Sienna.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

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