Carrie Benedict Foley’s husband, Daniel Foley, died in 2020 at age 46 from pancreatic cancer believed to be linked to his exposure to airborne debris while he searched for survivors at ground zero, including his firefighter brother, Thomas J. Foley, 32, whose body was found 10 days after the collapse.
Daniel’s annual medical screenings never showed ailments until the cancer was diagnosed in 2019, four days after he crawled into a burning Bronx building to rescue two children, which earned him the Fire Department’s Medal of Honor, Ms. Foley said.
Daniel knew his death would devastate their five young children, but he did not regret working on the pile at ground zero. He would come home each night from ground zero with his clothes caked with toxic dust, said Ms. Foley, 47, a funeral director from New Rochelle, N.Y.
“When he was diagnosed, he said, ‘It wouldn’t have changed what I did, even though it made me sick,’” she said.