Commissioner James P. O’Neill of the New York Police Department sadly reports the death of retired Chief of Detectives William Allee.
Chief Allee, 76, died of cancer he developed after his service at the World Trade Center disaster and rescue efforts at Ground Zero.
After the twin towers collapsed, Allee remained at Ground Zero working to rescue survivors and search the remaining debris for victims. His months of conducting search and rescue efforts left him with difficulty breathing.
He eventually developed leukemia due to his inhalation of the airborne toxins and contaminants.
Allee was diagnosed with leukemia several years ago and underwent out patient treatment for years. He was only hospitalized last week. Consequently, he lost his battle with cancer at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute in Manhattan.
After Allee died, the NYPD ceremonially escorted his body out of the Cancer Institute, a spokesman said, adding that his coffin was covered with the NYPD flag and taken to a funeral home on Staten Island, where he lived.
Our thoughts are with the loved ones of retired @NYPDDetectives Chief William Allee, who has passed away from 9/11-related cancer. The tragedy of September 11th has not ended for the #NYPD, or for #NYC. The men & women of @NYPDnews won’t forget his sacrifice. #FidelisAdMortem pic.twitter.com/7zRAR9zwJ2
— Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) May 25, 2018
William Allee joined the New York Police Department in 1963. Four years later he was promoted to the rank of detective.
He rose through the ranks and was the commanding officer for the 7th Precinct on New York’s lower Eastside and then Midtown North Precinct. Moreover, he headed the detective operations on Staten Island before being promoted to the chief of detectives for the entire agency.
He served in that capacity from 1997 – 2003, when he retired.
A colorful man, Allee once told reporters that he credited his father with keeping him on a straight path as a teenager growing up in Queens.
In one reported story, Allee said his father told him that if he ever got involved with drugs he would quit his job, take him to school by the hand every day and wait outside to bring him home, reported Newsday.
“If that doesn’t work, I will break both your legs and keep you home until whatever devil controls you is gone,” Allee told one newspaper about his father’s edict to him. From those experiences, Allee said he had great contempt for drug use.
Allee is the 24th member of the NYPD to die this year from cancer linked to the toxins from the worst terror attack in American history — the same number for all of last year, according to New York Daily News.
Chief Allee served the NYPD for 40 years.
Chief Detective William Allee is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Thursday, May 24, 2018.