Retired NYPD Officer Dies of 9/11-Related Illness

Tracy Kimball, The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)

FORT HILL, South Carolina — A Fort Mill man who spent months sifting through toxic rubble at the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, has died from an illness related to exposure at the site.

Paul John Johnson, a retired New York police officer, died July 22 at the age of 60 after being diagnosed with a lung disease afflicting thousands who breathed in that toxic air at Ground Zero. He leaves behind his wife Alexandria, 9 children and 19 grandchildren.

Dozens of officers from the New York Police Department who worked with Johnson, traveled to Fort Mill for Saturday’sfuneral. They formed a line and saluted their former colleague’s casket, draped with the America…

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