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NYPD captain dies of 9/11-related illness on 21st anniversary of attacks

Janelle Sanders joined the force in March 2000; she became captain in September 2021


Photo/Chief Kathleen M. O’Reilly via Twitter

Duty Death: Janelle Sanders - [New York City]

End of Service: 11/09/2022

By Elizabeth Keogh
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — A veteran NYPD captain died of a 9/11-related illness on the 21st anniversary of the terrorist strikes Sunday, according to her union.

Capt. Janelle Sanders died of an unspecified ailment, the Captains Endowment Association said in a tweet.

“We will never forget the brave men and women who lost their lives twenty-one years ago on this sad day,” the organization said. “Today, we lost active Captain Janelle Sanders due to 9/11 illness. May she rest in peace.”

Sanders joined the force in March of 2000 and rose through the ranks, according to police records. She became a captain in September 2021.

Sanders was assigned to Harlem’s 32nd Precinct at the time of her death.

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