9/11 Illness Kills 3 Retired Firefighters in 1 Day
The FDNY is mourning the death of three retired firefighters who died on the same day from 9/11 related illnesses.
Lt. Howard Bischoff and firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund all died Monday.
FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said their deaths were "a painful reminder that 13 years later we continue to pay a terrible price for the department's heroic efforts."
All three worked at ground zero in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks.
The Uniformed Fire Officers Association planned a news conference Thursday.
It says FDNY first responders showed health effects soon after the attacks, with 99 percent of exposed firefighters reporting at least one new respiratory illness.
The FDNY lost 343 firefighters in the trade center attack.