Funeral service held for 9/11 first responder

Final farewells today for a volunteer firefighter from Westbury after his long battle with cancer linked to 9/11. Robert Langer died Friday of complications from

Robert Langer, 62, was a 26-year member of the Westbury Fire Department. He died last week after a two-year battle with the disease.

Robert Langer, 62, was a 26-year member of the Westbury Fire Department. He died last week after a two-year battle with the disease. (4/8/15)

WESTBURY - Funeral services were held in Westbury Wednesday for a Sept. 11 first responder who died from pancreatic cancer linked to the time he spent at Ground Zero.

Robert Langer, 62, was a 26-year member of the Westbury Fire Department. He died last week after a two-year battle with the disease.

Bobby, as Langer was known, drove the Westbury Fire Department ambulance into the city after the attacks and volunteered with search and rescue units.

His cancer treatment was partially covered under the Zadroga Act, a national fund set up to compensate victims who got sick or died as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. It's set to expire in October and run out of money next year.

Langer also worked as a driver for Newsday for 30 years before retiring. He was also an umpire for baseball leagues in Nassau County.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say James Burke, 76, veered off the 1 Police: Medical event led to fatal crash in Huntington Station
Empire State Development Corp. canceled its 4-year-old request 2 Plans for Belmont Park soccer stadium nixed by state
Angela Conte-Gentille says she remembers growing up in 3 Facebook post fuels push for East Meadow Ave. decorations
The Freedom Chapel and the Teen Challenge Outreach 4 Kids in need get toys, joy at Amityville event
A new report from an environmental research group 5 Report: Rising sea levels could threaten thousands of LI homes

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Need help this holiday season? We've got you Holiday Help Series

Need a gift idea? Perhaps you need a fun idea to do with the kids?

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE