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Gay Firefighter Who Was First Responder to Pentagon on 9/11, Dies

Phillip Curtis McKee III, one of the first responders to the Pentagon after the attack on 9/11, died May 31 in Virginia, the Washington Blade reports:

MckeeFamily members attribute McKee’s death to complications from injuries and illness linked to three days of fighting the Pentagon fire following the 9/11 attack, including inhalation of toxic dust, a severe leg injury that resulted in him being wheel chair bound, and a prolonged bout of post-traumatic stress disorder.

McKee’s husband and partner of 15 years, Nopadon McKee, said the injuries forced Phillip McKee to retire from his job as a firefighter due to disability. Although he displayed “tremendous courage” in persevering as an artist, businessman, and author over the next 12 years, the injuries and his struggle with PTSD took its toll, Nopadon McKee said.

McKee was 41.

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  1. A true hero of ours, I'm sorry for his loss.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 10, 2013 1:28:46 PM

  2. RIP Phillip Curtis McKee III, a true hero.

    Posted by: tfk | Jun 10, 2013 1:37:27 PM

  3. We salute you sir!

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jun 10, 2013 1:40:11 PM

  4. May his soul rest in peace.

    Posted by: Felix | Jun 10, 2013 1:51:36 PM

  5. This is indeed sad news.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jun 10, 2013 1:52:03 PM

  6. Very sad news that anyone has to suffer thru such a horrible ordeal.

    I wonder if he committed suicide since PTSD is listed among the contributors of his death?

    Posted by: Bobby F | Jun 10, 2013 1:55:53 PM

  7. will his spouse receive any pension benefits accruing to mr. mckee, i wonder?

    perhaps even social security? scotus?

    Posted by: bandanajack | Jun 10, 2013 2:00:38 PM

  8. Rest in peace.

    Posted by: Stan Schulz (exleftist.com) | Jun 10, 2013 2:08:27 PM

  9. RIP to you Phillip. You're a hero to the community and to the country.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Jun 10, 2013 2:09:43 PM

  10. Sounds like it was suicide... RIP

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 10, 2013 2:13:47 PM

  11. Very sad. The impact of 911 is still with us. Rest in peace.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 10, 2013 2:19:23 PM

  12. He was a hero. An example to us all. RIP.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 10, 2013 2:34:26 PM

  13. Bobby F,

    I was wondering the same thing.

    Posted by: redball | Jun 10, 2013 2:42:55 PM

  14. RIP to a true hero.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 10, 2013 2:43:20 PM

  15. Wow,too young. RIP.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jun 10, 2013 2:49:44 PM

  16. And under DOMA and Virgina law,Nopadon McKee is a perfect stranger to him despite the fact they were together for 15 years,which includes the time after he was injured.
    Not many couples will too that yet the bigots tell us our love isn't real.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 10, 2013 4:52:36 PM

  17. Very sad. 9/11 is still killing people.

    Phillip Curtis McKee III, you were a true hero to all of us. Rest in peace.

    Posted by: Peter M.f | Jun 10, 2013 9:00:56 PM

  18. Rest in peace hero! You will forever be a true phenomenal human being!

    Posted by: Leo | Jun 11, 2013 2:16:32 AM

  19. Words fail.

    Posted by: ouch | Jun 11, 2013 2:34:32 AM

  20. May God rest his brave, beautiful soul. Condolences to his husband and their families.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 11, 2013 9:17:45 AM

  21. PTSD is an overwhelming challenge for thousands of people, including many veterans - particularly from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The lack of support by the government is shameful.
    Phillip Curtis McKee III, rest peacefully. My condolences to his husband and other loved ones.

    Posted by: John | Jun 11, 2013 12:11:27 PM

  22. May he rest in peace. My most sincere condolences to all his family.

    Posted by: me_in_pdx | Jun 11, 2013 8:52:46 PM

  23. A real hero at peace now. Hopefully, firefighters have masks as standard equipment so that they don't breathe in fumes, smoke, toxic dust, etc. Seems like common sense.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jun 12, 2013 12:49:05 PM

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