Colonel George P. Beach II, superintendent of the New York State Police, sadly reports the death of Trooper Michael Anson.

Trooper Anson, 56, died as a result of a cancer that he developed because of his exposure to toxins at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Anson was assigned to New York City’s Ground Zero search and recovery operation that took several months to complete. Due to his exposure to the fumes, ash and toxins in the air, he along with many other first responders developed cancers that were directly attributed to their duty assignments and exposures.

Anson is the sixth NYSP trooper to die as a result of being exposed to the toxins during their assignments to the World Trade Center search/rescue and recovery efforts.

Michael Anson served his entire career in Albany County’s Troop G. He was most recently assigned to the New Scotland barracks. He previously served at the East Greenbush, Brunswick and Schodack barracks where he was the School Resource Officer for the Averill Park and Brunswick School Districts. Anson also served several temporary duty assignments at the New York State Police Academy as a training officer for many recruit schools.

His wife, three children and his brothers survive him.

Trooper Michael Anson is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, January 2, 2018.