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Humane Law Enforcement Officer Dies from Cancer Caused by 9/11 Fumes

November 23, 2015  | 

Diane DiGiacomo, 52, died of breast cancer caused by inhaling 9/11 fumes as she rescued dogs and cats near Ground Zero. (Photo: NY ASPCA)
Diane DiGiacomo, 52, died of breast cancer caused by inhaling 9/11 fumes as she rescued dogs and cats near Ground Zero. (Photo: NY ASPCA)

A New York City ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement officer has died of cancer caused by toxic fumes she inhaled rescuing cats and dogs from homes in the shadow of Ground Zero after 9/11.

Diane DiGiacomo, 52, died with her sister Donna, brother Paul and son Stephan by her side Friday at her New Jersey home.

The single mother had dedicated the last moments of her life to pushing Congress to renew the Zadroga Act, which compensates families of ailing 9/11 first-responders.

Days before her death, a state judge shockingly denied DiGiacomo’s workers compensation claim for the breast cancer she sustained due to fume exposure.


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HowBoutYa @ 11/23/2015 8:22 PM

God bless you Officer DiGiacomo. My family's prayers are with your family. You have earned your place in heaven.

ftrnr @ 11/24/2015 3:53 AM

and that state judge has earned his place somewhere else.........

Steve Smithon @ 11/25/2015 8:39 AM

Are these ASPCA Officers "Police Officers" under NY state Law. ??

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