First responder from Oyster Bay dies from 9/11-related cancer
A Sept. 11 first responder from Long Island is being remembered Wednesday after losing his battle with cancer.
Lt. Michael Shea spent 26 years with the Nassau County Police Department. Doctors told him he developed brain cancer from exposure to toxins at Ground Zero in 2001.
Shea was promoted to lieutenant in April 2015. His widow, Ingrid Shea, says he was feeling fine until August of that year.
He died Saturday, about a year and a half after being diagnosed.
John Feal, with the Feal Good Foundation, presented Ingrid Shea with a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol in honor of her husband. Feal says 71 people have died from Ground Zero-related cancer in the last seven months, many of them from brain cancer.
Dr. Marc Wilkenfeld, with Winthrop NYU, says brain cancer typically takes longer than other cancers to develop.
"The cancers that people are getting from Sept. 11 are in some cases much more aggressive than the cancers you see in the regular population," he says.
Lt. Shea's wake was held Wednesday at the Oyster Bay Funeral Home.
A full department funeral will be held Thursday at Saint Dominic's Church in Oyster Bay.