By Beth Stebner
Published: 20:04 BST, 3 February 2013 | Updated: 14:17 BST, 4 February 2013
Hero: Previous FDNY Lt Martin Fullam, 56, was laid to rest Saturday in Staten Island
A legend firefighter who valiantly served on September 11th nearby hundreds of other to begin with responders has kicked the bucket of a uncommon lung condition, what’s more, was laid to rest yesterday.
FDNY Lt Martin Fullam contracted polymyositis in 2005, what’s more, had too endured from aspiratory fibrosis, which cleared out him short of breath what’s more, depleted after the least complex of tasks.
The late firefighter, 56, was one of the men conveying lethally injured FDNY Pastor Mychal Judge through the still-smoking rubble on 9/11.Â
The picture of Lt Fullam what’s more, four others conveying the cleric has remained one of the most powerful what’s more, frequenting pictures from that horrendous day.
Hundreds of individuals of New Yorkâ€™s boldest assembled Saturday evening on Staten Island to say goodbye to Lt Fullam, who battled resolutely for to begin with responders of 9/11 what’s more, those living close ground zero.
â€˜Marty is an motivation to all of us,â€™ FDNY Official Salvatore Cassano said outside of Our Woman Star of the Ocean in Huguenot.Â
After Lt Fullam heard of what happened at the World Exchange Focus on the morning of September 11, 2001, he hurried to the site, indeed in spite of the fact that he wasnâ€™t on obligation that day.
First responders: Lt Fullam, far left, was one of the safeguard laborers conveying fatally-injured FDNY Chaplain, Father Mychal Judge, from one of the World Exchange Focus on September 11, 2001
He spent the following weeks what’s more, months working at Ground Zero, looking for survivors, what’s more, afterward bodies.
The Staten Island Progress reports that he was one of thousands who recorded claims against the city over his incessant illness.
Later, he battled for the James Zadroga 9/11 Wellbeing what’s more, Pay Act, which President Obama marked into law in 2010.
Lt Fullam endured from aspiratory fibrosis in his lungs, what’s more, was analyzed in 2005 with polymyositis, an incendiary malady that driven to torment what’s more, outrageous muscle weakness.
New York’s bravest: Lt Fullam was an advocate for the James Zadroga 9/11 Wellbeing what’s more, Pay Act, which gave to begin with responders what’s more, lower Manhattan occupants get to to benefits what’s more, care
He too was analyzed with pneumonic fibrosis, which made relaxing to a great degree difficult.
In April of 2009, he gotten a lung transplant at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia College Restorative Center.
â€˜I genuinely think Iâ€™m the most fortunate individual in the world,â€™ he said at the time from a wheelchair as he cleared out the hospital. Handfuls of formally dressed servicemen were praising his proceeded courage.
In total, Lt Fullam served 27 a long time with the FDNY, working in Staten Island, Brooklyn, what’s more, Manhattan.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, what’s more, his daughters, Caroline, Emma, what’s more, Kelly.
Fight: Sen. Hurl Schumer, right, contended for more financing for those like Lt Fullam, focus in 2007; at that point Sen. Hillary Clinton, third right, looks on
Hero’s welcome: Lt. Martin Fullam is cheered by firefighters from over the city while taking off New York Presbyterian Healing facility after getting a lung transplant
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