Trending Topics

ATF agent dies of 9/11-related illness

47-year-old William Sheldon Jr. died March 2 from cancer he developed from exposure to debris at Ground Zero

atflodd.jpg

ATF Image

Duty Death: William Sheldon - [New York]

End of Service: 02/03/2015

By Police1 Staff

NEW YORK — A special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has died after losing a battle with cancer linked to the September 11 terrorist attack.

The New York Daily News reports 47-year-old William Sheldon Jr. died March 2 from the illness he developed from exposure to debris at Ground Zero.

Sheldon rushed to the scene of the attack to guide people away from the towers and aided with search and rescue efforts in the weeks following the incident, according to ODMP. He was an Army veteran and served with the bureau for 16 years.

The agent is survived by his wife and two children.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU