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Teaching Obituary: The 9/11 rescuers who died a day apart

Obituary: The 9/11 rescuers who died a day apart

When Thomas Phelan and Keith Young died within a day of each other last week, it was as a result of cancer, from which both had been suffering.\n\nBut the underlying cause of the firefighters' deaths was the event which they both witnessed up close 17 years earlier: the 11 September attack on New York.\n\nPhelan and Young's names will not be added to the official tally of 2,977 people killed in the attacks, which also targeted the Pentagon and a plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.\n\nTheir deaths were, however, a result of what happened at the World Trade Center that September morning.

Roland Hughes
BBC News


What are the lasting effects of tragedies like 9/11?
RI.2 - Main Ideas, RI.6 - Author's Purpose, W.1 - Writing arguments


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