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Rank: Police Officer
Panel: 13-W: 26
Department: New York City, New York, P.D.
End of Watch: January 17, 2006
Cause: Physical-Related Incident
Years of Service: 10
Description: Detective Zadroga died of a respiratory disease he contracted during rescue and recovery operations at the site of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Detective Zadroga was actually inside the towers when they collapsed but escaped. Detective Zadroga worked for more than 470 hours digging through debris and inhaling the noxious gases and fumes. He died five years later after developing respiratory disease, black lung disease, and mercury on the brain.