Two FDNY firefighters who were sickened by their work at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terror attacks died on the same day last week, fire officials said.
Firefighters Richard Jones, 63, (left) and Paul Deo Jr., 74,(right) died on Friday having both retired from the force around a year after the 2001 terror attack on the Twin Towers in Manhattan.
Jones served for two decades, working Ladder 25 on the Upper West Side, he was awarded three acts of merit in his career in 1992 and 1997.
Deo, a Vietnam veteran and Marine, served for 33 years mostly in Queens. He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2016 and had a lung transplant last year.
Deo's son Michael told News 12 that his father had inspired him to become a firefighter.
President Trump in July signed a bill to add $10.2 billion to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, a program that covers health care for the thousands of first responders who contracted life-threatening illnesses from Ground Zero. The additional funding essentially makes the program permanent.