Vanessa TylerSep 1, 2017, 8:30 pmSep 4, 2017, 1:43 pm

Firefighters in Peekskill gather to say goodbye to a 9/11 hero

Michael O'Hanlon passed away after a battle with cancer related to his work at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 attacks

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Firefighters, friend and family of Michael O'Hanlon gathered outside Assumption Church in Peekskill on Friday to say goodbye to the retired firefighter.

O'Hanlon, who worked at Ground Zero after 9/11, was remembered for his service, his Irish heritage, and his smile.

"He retired a few years ago and cancer had just overtaken his body, and we're here to celebrate his life," said John Mack, Chief of Battalion 17 in the Bronx.

O'Hanlon was stricken with cancer as a result of his work at Ground Zero. This year alone, there have been more than 20 FDNY funerals for firefighters killed by a 9/11-related illness.

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