Retired NYPD cop dies of cancer related to 9/11 search efforts

Detective Peter Gianfrancesco served with the NYPD for 20 years

Duty Death: Peter Gianfrancesco - [New York City, New York]

End of Service: 09/02/2020

By Suzie Ziegler

NEW YORK — An NYPD detective died earlier this month from cancer he developed after his search and recovery assignment at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terror attacks. 

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Detective Peter Gianfrancesco died September 2 from cancer believed to have been caused by exposure to toxins at the World Trade Center.  

Gianfrancesco had served with NYPD for 20 years and retired in 2012, according to NYPD. He leaves behind his wife and daughter. 



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