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NYPD Gay Community Liaison Dies of 9/11-Related Lung Disease

The New York Daily News reports on the loss of 9/11 hero Retired Detective Kevin Czartoryski, who served as a liaison between the NYPD and New York's lesbian and gay community.

Czartoryski Czartoryski, who retired in 2009 on a 9/11 medical disability, died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell in Manhattan. No cause of death has been determined, but Czartoryski suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disorder usually suffered by people exposed to asbestos for long periods.

The NYPD medical board determined his condition was caused by his time at Ground Zero, searching for remains and staffing a makeshift morgue.

His condition improved after a single lung transplant in May, but deteriorated again in August. Last month, doctors found cancer in his other lung that had spread to his bones and stomach.

Said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly: "He was a consummate professional and a cheerful bridge for understanding, who will be missed terribly."

Czartoryski was 46.

According to the paper, "A wake will be held Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Village Chapels, 67-67 Eliot Ave., Middle Village, Queens. A Mass will be held Thursday, time to be announced, at St. Raphael's Church, 3520 Greenpoint Ave. in Long Island City."


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  1. Godspeed, Detective Czartoryski. Cancer for any reason is a hard way to go, but we are better for your work. Thank you for your service.

    Posted by: greg | Dec 6, 2010 9:48:57 AM

  2. Kevin was a great guy and when he joined the NYPD's press office there was a sea change in the ability of the gay press to get answers out of that unit. He helped me out on countless stories. It was real loss when he retired and his death is a greater loss.

    Posted by: Duncan Osborne | Dec 6, 2010 10:11:55 AM

  3. Detective Czartoryski and many others like him are just as much victims of the 9/11 attack as those who were forced to jump out the windows of the WTC rather than burn alive. A lot of people get off ridiculing non-stop cops, firemen, and others who 99% of the time unquestioningly are first responders to events and situations that many people couldn't deal with. Whenever I hear a story about a terrible crime like where a victim is mutilated or cases of horrific child abuse, I feel for the first responders...the first cop, firemen, EMT to arrive on the scene.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 6, 2010 11:22:56 PM

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