NYPD Chief Dies From Cancer; 5th 9/11 Responder To Die In A Week

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December 08, 2019 - 1:47 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – 9/11 survivor advocates say a fifth 9/11 first responder has died in just one week.

Retired NYPD Deputy Chief Vincent DeMarino died Friday of 9/11-related cancer at age 61.

His heartbroken wife Charlene DeMarino recalls his giving spirit and says he was at the scene when the first tower fell.

“It took him within a year,” she told the Daily News. “He was an amazing, amazing man. Everyone that knew him loved him dearly.”

DeMarino joined the NYPD in 1981 and retired in 2008.

During the 9/11 attacks, he was with the NYPD Bronx Narcotics Unit. He raced down to lower Manhattan as soon as he heard about what had happened.

 “He didn’t care that he was covered in dust,” his wife told the Daily News. “He was right there after the first tower had been hit.”

He is survived by Charlene and their four children, three of whom are in the NYPD. The fourth is in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

His wake will be held Monday and Tuesday at Thomas A. Glynn and Son Funeral Home in Rockville Centre.

A mass will be held Wednesday morning at Saint Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre.