Jimmy Martinez, 58, a retired firefighter died Friday from Ground Zero related cancer. (Handout) By ESHA RAY
Retired FDNY firefighter, who donated van to help sick colleagues, dies from 9/11-related cancer
Jimmy Martinez, 58, a retired firefighter died Friday from Ground Zero related cancer. (Handout)
Retired FDNY firefighter Jimmy Martinez, who survived two World Trade Center attacks and weathered Hurricane Sandy, died Thursday from bone marrow cancer caused by Ground Zero toxins.
He was 58.
The 26-year veteran was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2013. Three years later, a miracle donation of stem cells pushed his cancer into remission — inspiring the Staten Island native to continue fighting for his fellow first responders.
Last March, Martinez donated a 10-passenger van to the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation to help ferry sick smoke-eaters back and forth from treatment.