178th member of the FDNY Dies of WTC-Related Illness

NY, NY – Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro has announced that Ronald R. Spadafora, 63, a 40-year veteran of the city’s fire department, has died as a result of a World Trade Center-related cancer, and became the 178th member of the FDNY to die in similar circumstances.

Spadafora supervised the rescue and recovery efforts at the WTC site as a deputy chief and became the World Trade Center Chief of Safety for the entire recovery operation.

In 2005, he was the deputy incident commander with the FDNY Incident Management Team in New Orleans, tasked with assisting the New Orleans Fire Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In October 2012, he served as chief of logistics for the preparation for Hurricane Sandy.

Commissioner Nigro added: “As the Chief of Fire Prevention for the last eight years, Ron’s dedication and leadership led to greater safety and protection for millions of New Yorkers.”