LI man who responded to 9/11 attacks dies

A Merrick man who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11 attacks died two days ago after a long battle with cancer.

Brian McCauley's family says he was proud to have given his best after the New York City tragedy and didn't regret exposing himself to toxic fumes. McCauley's family says, despite hard proof, they know his time spent at Ground Zero caused him to develop a rare form of spinal cancer three and a half years ago.

McCauley fought hard to get more government funding for 9/11 first responders. His family is now working with the nonprofit FealGood Foundation to raise awareness about the health effects on first responders of 9/11.

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