Decorated NYPD Deputy Chief Dead after Cancer Battle | NBC New York

Decorated NYPD Deputy Chief Dead after Cancer Battle

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    A deputy police chief who worked at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks died Saturday from a rare form of blood cancer, the NYPD said.

    Deputy Chief Steven Bonano was diagnosed with cancer after serving as one of the first responders to the 9/11 site. The NYPD declined to say whether his cancer was linked to the site.

    Bonano, 53, was a 30-year veteran of the force and was awarded the Police Combat Cross, the department's second-highest honor.

    Bonano was born in the Bronx and had earned a master's degree at Harvard.


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