NYPD chief who died of 9/11-related cancer remembered at street renaming

A street in Staten Island was renamed after the 76-year-old officer who died from 9/11-related leukemia in May 2018

Thomas Tracy
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — An NYPD chief who died from cancer-related to Ground Zero was remembered Saturday when a Staten Island street was renamed in his honor.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill and NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea joined family members at the street renaming ceremony for former NYPD Chief of Detectives William Allee at the corner of Bascom Place and Collfield Ave. in Manor Heights, Staten Island.

Allee, 76, died from a 9/11 related leukemia in May 2018. He served 40 years with the NYPD and retired in 2003.

Allee had been the NYPD’s Chief of Detectives since 1997. Despite his rank, he “worked feverishly” in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks and suffered from breathing problems as a result.

On May 10, the chief’s name was added to the NYPD’s Memorial Wall at police headquarters in Lower Manhattan along with two captains, four lieutenants, 14 detectives and 21 police officers who died of 9/11 related illnesses. They will posthumously receive the NYPD Distinguished Service medal during the department’s Medal Day ceremony on Tuesday.


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