Mourners bid their final farewells during a Massapequa wake for Sergeant Terrence O'Hara who lost his battle to 9/11-cancer several days ago. Sadly O'Hara was not the only one to die of a 9/11-related illness this week.
“Terrence is the sixth person to die this week of 9/11-related cancer. The average age of those six men is 48 and 1/2 years old. That's young,” John Feal of the Fealgood Foundation said.
Feal keeps track of 9/11 related deaths and according to him, this week alone, State Trooper Brian Falb, NYPD Officer Scott Rabiner, Andrew Lewis, Michael Hance, and Detective Anthony Angotti also died from 9/11-related illnesses.
“5,900 people have 9/11-related cancer that's certified. Now imagine how many who have cancer and their cancer's not certified yet. These numbers are growing more and more each day,” Feal said.
Charlotte Berwind's husband Chuck, who also had 9/11-related cancer, had a special relationship with Sgt. O'Hara.
“Terry was my husband's cancer mentor. We found out Chuck had cancer last April. I got Terry's name and number and Terry advised my husband through his journey. My husband lost his battle Jan. 1 of this year,” Berwind said.
Members of the NYPD said O'Hara was a good boss, patient with the rookies, and an all-around good teacher.
Sgt. O'Hara leaves behind his wife and two children.