Another 9/11 Firefighter Passes Away Due to Illness at Ground Zero
New York Daily News via YellowBrix
January 19, 2011
A retired city firefighter who spent two months toiling at Ground Zero died of lung disease Tuesday, his wife said.
William Quick, 55, a veteran of 23 years with the FDNY, survived 9/11 – but he could not escape Ground Zero’s toxic dust.
“He was there when both towers came down,” his wife, Lisa Quick, said last night, her voice trailing off in tears as she began to tell her late husband’s tragic story.
The Quick family, of East Atlantic Beach, L.I., has a picture of the veteran firefighter standing amid World Trade Center rubble. His shirt, hat and gloves are covered in dust.
Quick worked at Ground Zero every day from Sept. 12, 2001, until mid-November of that year, when he blew out his knee at the pile. Shortly after he returned to work in January 2002, he began to develop lung infections – one after another.
“He never had issues before with his lungs,” his wife said.
By January 2003, the lung disease forced his retirement from the FDNY, and he reluctantly left his comrades at Ladder 134 in Far Rockaway, Queens.
“They told him he had to retire, which he never wanted to do,” his wife said, crying again.
Before he passed away, he was hooked up around the clock to a machine that gave him the oxygen that his lungs no longer could take from the air.
In addition to his wife, Quick leaves behind 17-year-old twins: Ryan Mary and William Henry.
A wake will be held Thursday and Friday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Macken Mortuary in Island Park, L.I. His funeral is at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Ignatius Martyr in Long Beach, L.I.
Lisa Quick said she is happy Congress finally passed the Zadroga bill last month.
“I hope that maybe it will help my children, because I don’t know what happens now,” she said.