Firefighter Joe Battista is seen in an undated photo.
The retired FDNY firefighter who spent months at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks died in obscurity at a Florida mental hospital suffering from a crippling depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, his family said.
Battista’s long struggle with PTSD ended April 5, when he choked to death on some food while being cared for at the institution. He was 63.
Yet in life, and now in death, the FDNY has refused to grant Battista World Trade Center-related disability benefits — a move his grieving family members call “an outrage.”