Remembering a local hero: Trooper dies from illness stemming from working at Ground Zero

Remembering Trooper Steven Tyrrell

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Remembering a local hero: New York State Trooper Steven A. Tyrrell from the Rochester area died Wednesday from a 9/11-related illness.

He worked with the New York State Police for 26 years before retiring.

State Police say they are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Trooper Tyrrell. Sept. 11 has claimed yet another life, a dedicated officer committed to protecting his community.

Although it has been nearly 23 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City — in which hijacked planes destroyed the World Trade center — and the Pentagon, many first responders who worked to save lives at Ground Zero continue to lose their lives. Deaths have been attributed to cancer, respiratory illnesses, digestive illnesses and other conditions related to toxins at the attack site.

“As of September this past year the number of first responders who have died from 9-11-related illness has exceeded the amount of souls that we lost on that day,” said Trooper Lynnea Crane, public information officer with New York State Police Troop E.

“That’s why it is imperative that we remember 9-11 and we remember and never forget those who were there and especially the first responders who were there.”

Trooper Tyrrell joined the NYSP in October 1997 and served the agency for 26 years. He spent most of his career assigned to Troop T out of Henrietta, which covers the New York State Thruway.

“Members that did know him say that he was just a great guy. He dedicated his life to serving his community and unfortunately he’s passed away from a 9-11-related incident,” Crane said.

Just this past fall, Trooper Tyrrell retired.

“My heart goes out to his friends and family. You know we all signed up for this job and obviously it’s not something that we want to pass away from, but we all take that risk,” Crane said.

Trooper Tyrrell is survived by his three children, Sean, Kathryn and Rachel. The family said they are still reeling and not ready to speak right now.

Crane says his wake will be held Friday, Feb. 16, with the funeral services the following day.