Stacia Hylton, the Director of the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, U.S. Marshal Service sadly reports the death of Deputy Marshal Zacarias Toro.
Deputy Marshal Toro, 50, died as a result of cancer that he contracted as a result of his duty assignment of Search, Rescue and Recovery of victims at the World Trade Center following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks.
Deputy Marshal Toro was also assigned to a security detail at Ground Zero while the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted its assignment. Deputy Marshal Toro was exposed to deadly toxins and hazardous conditions for an extended length of time. He became ill and his health deteriorated over the years until his passing away on Sunday.
The World Trade Center Health Program has determined that the cancer he developed was a direct result of his exposure to the conditions at the World Trade Center site. He died a week after he was awarded the U.S. Marshal Service Purple Heart Award for his heroic acts during the World Trade Center attacks.
Deputy Marshal Toro served the U.S. Marshal Service for 15 years. Survived by his wife, Lorraine; a daughter, Emily; three sons, Zachary, Jeremy, Nicholas and his mother, Benita Mongual.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Zacarias Toro-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Sunday, June 14, 2015.
Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow
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