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FDNY EMS officer dies from 9/11-related illness

Lt. John P. Raftery served in the department for 27 years


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By Leila Merrill

NEW YORK — FDNY EMS Lt. John P. Raftery died Monday, the Fire Department of New York announced.

Raftery succumbed to an illness triggered by working at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, according to the FDNY Family Assistance Unit. He was with Station 49 and served in FDNY for 27 years.

Raftery is survived by his wife, two sons and other family members.

“The heartfelt sympathy of the entire department is extended to the family, relatives, and friends of the deceased in the midst of the great loss that they and the department have sustained,” FDNY said in a statement.