Cecilia DowdFeb 14, 2017, 11:47 pmFeb 15, 2017, 9:38 am

Funeral services held for 9/11 hero from Long Island

Robert Newman was a New York City firefighter for four decades and died as result of time spent at Ground Zero

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It's been more than 15 years since the September 11th attacks, yet the heroes who survived that horrific day continue to be taken from us.

New York City firefighter Robert Newman was laid to rest on Tuesday after he died of 9/11-related cancer.

“He was a spectacular man. He was very thoughtful. He would help people at all times, especially the young fireman. He was really a great person to be with,” Hugh Mettham said.

Sadly Newman is not the only one who has died this year from 9/11 related illness.

John Feal, founder of the Fealgood Foundation knows all too well. Twice a year, he holds a ceremony at the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park in Nesconset and adds the names of those who have died of 9/11-related illnesses.

“So many people have already died this year. Last year we put 102 people on the wall. This year, since September of last year, we're up to 55 people we know have passed from 9/11-related cancer or respiratory issue,” Feal said.

Feal says the numbers of those dying from 9/11-related illnesses are staggering

“By the year 2020, they're going to outnumber those who died on that horrific Tuesday morning. I don't say that lightly, but the statistics prove it,” Feal said.

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