N.Y. trooper dies from cancer after working 9/11 search and recovery
Trooper Robert M. Burney was a 27-year veteran of the New York State Police
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story was published stating that Trooper Robert M. Burney worked for the Elizabeth, N.J. Police Department. The story has been corrected to reflect that Burney served on the New York State Police.
By Joanna Putman
NEW YORK — A state trooper has died as a result of cancer caused by toxins at the World Trade Center collapse site, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Trooper Robert M. Burney was assigned to search and recovery after the attacks, according to the page. He died on Dec. 9, 2023, at 57 years old.
Burney had served with the New York State Police for 27 years, according to the report. He was survived by his mother, two brothers, a sister, a longtime companion and four nephews.