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source: MSNBC Aug 5, 2010
The sound of muffled drums echoed along New York Avenue in Huntington Station, as a fire truck carrying the casket of Vincent Albanese headed toward St. Hugh of Lincoln Church.
“It’s a shame it happened like this,” said one mourner.
Albanese, 63, died this past weekend after a battle with cancer. He had served the FDNY for close to 38 years; all in Ladder 38 in the Bronx.
Albanese was, mourners believed, the latest victim of 9/11.
The firefighter had spent months working “the pile” at Ground Zero after terrorists drove planes into the World Trade center in Sept., 2001. Albanese’s friends said the husband and father of two believed his illness was the result of the toxic dust he breathed there.
“He was in perfect health up until then and after 9/11, he had health issues with his lungs first and then all of a sudden with cancer,” said friend and FDNY firefighter Marty Tighe. “There has to be something to that.”
“His father lived into his nineties, his mother is in her nineties and there’s never been a speck of cancer in his family,” added friend and fellow first responder, Pat Connolly. “We all know what it was.”