Officer who died of rare cancer added to Nassau PD honor roll

MINEOLA - A fallen police officer who died from a rare form of brain cancer was saluted for his service with a special honor today. The Nassau County Police Department added officer Charles D. Cole Jr.'s name to the honor roll today, just a few weeks after his death was designated as "Line of Duty" through the state. Cole died last August from a rare form of brain cancer, which his wife says is a result of working with the Emergency Service Unit at Ground Zero. While New York acknowledges his death as work-related, the federal government and the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act still don't acknowledge any cancer as being related to Sept. 11. The federal government and the 9/11 Advisory Panel have recommended that 45 types of cancer, including brain cancer, be covered under the Zodroga Act, but it's still not a done deal.

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