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Tragic search for firefighter brother at Ground Zero fells NYPD hero 18 years after Sept. 11 attacks


Added 09-15-19 10:13:01pm EST - “NYPD detective Joe Paolillo succumbed last week at age 55 to a rare form of cancer he contracted looking for his brother on the pile at Ground Zero in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Tragic search for firefighter brother at Ground Zero fells NYPD hero 18 years after Sept. 11 attacks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NYPD detective Joe Paolillo succumbed last week at age 55 to a rare form of cancer he contracted looking for his brother on the pile at Ground Zero in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Hundreds of cops attended Saturday when the NYPD gave Paolillo an inspector’s funeral, which included a helicopter flyover and is the highest honor for an officer killed in the line of duty.

On that sunny late summer day in 2001, FDNY batallion chief John Paolillo, 51, who was based at an East Harlem firehouse, was on the 53rd or 54th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower, the second of the twin towers to collapse.

Joe Paolillo was one of the hundreds of first responders who for weeks dug through the rubble in hope of finding the remains of the dead.

“When Joe found out his brother was missing, they put him on family leave,” said Paolillo’s wife Josephine.

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