Retired New York police sergeant dies from 9/11-related illness

Ivan Morales assisted in rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks

Duty Death: Ivan Morales - [New York City, New York]

End of Service: 10/28/2022


By Brendan Rascius
The Charlotte Observer    

NEW YORK — A retired police sergeant died from an illness resulting from his rescue efforts at ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001, the New York State Police said in a news release.

Ivan Morales, 42, joined the New York City Police Department in 2001 and, while he was still at the police academy, assisted in rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks, according to his obituary.

Retired police sergeant Ivan Morales died from an illness resulting from his rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Retired police sergeant Ivan Morales died from an illness resulting from his rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on 9/11. (Photo/Facebook via News 12 Westchester)

Morales later joined the New York State Police in 2005, serving on the force for 17 years and retiring as a sergeant, according to the release.

“Ivan loved nothing more than being a dad and watching the New York Yankees,” stated his obituary.

Almost 10,000 first responders to 9/11 have been diagnosed with cancer and “[m]ore than 2,000 deaths have been attributed to 9/11 illnesses” as of 2018, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.

“No one has ever codified or captured all the stuff that was released from that pile [at ground zero],” Dr. Michael Crane, medical director of the World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai, told the outlet. “It’s an unknown exposure.”

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