The Rockland County Police Memorial recognizes local law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. On Sunday, May 22, 2016, fallen 9/11 responders Deputy U.S. Marshal Zacarias Toro and NYPD Lieutenant Luis Lopez will be the 33nd and 33rd names added to the list. Mr. Toro is believed to be the first U.S. Marshal to die from 9/11 related injuries, and received a Purple Heart Award just a week before his death in 2015.
Mr. Toro was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013 and Mr. Lopez was diagnosed with lung disease in 2012. The World Trade Center Health Program treated these responders and determined that their conditions were caused by exposure to toxic dust and debris at Ground Zero.
Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco commented “We cannot thank these officers – and fallen – officers enough for what they have done for us. We must make sure we never forget their sacrifice and by doing so, by remembering each one of them, we keep a part of them here with us.”
Call Pitta & Baione LLP at 1-844-WTC-COMP to speak with an attorney about whether you may be eligible for benefits under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.