Todd Jones, Director of the US Department of Justice-Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sadly reports the death of Special Agent William Sheldon Jr.

Agent Sheldon, 47, died following his year long battle with a rare cancer he developed as a direct result of his response to the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Center.

Agent Sheldon was assigned to the Queens Office of the BATFE when the terrorist attacks occurred. He and four other members of his Special Response Team rushed to the WTC towers and assisted with directing citizens away from the buildings. He and his teammates were all exposed to toxic debris for several weeks while assisting with the search and recovery operations at Ground Zero.

He and two other persons of his five-member team were eventually diagnosed with cancer that was determined to be a result of their exposure to the toxins according to doctors of the World Trade Commission. Since his exposure, his health had gradually deteriorated until he succumbed to his illness.

Agent Sheldon is the first Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent to die in the line of duty as a result of his response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Special Agent Sheldon is a U.S. Army combat veteran who served in Afghanistan. He served the ATF for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, Gabriella; his son, John 8; and his daughter Anna who is 5.

Special Agent William Sheldon Jr.-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Monday, March 2, 2015.

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