Retired New York City Fire Marshal and 9/11 survivor John Knox has died from complications due to coronavirus. He was 84. Fox News says he had contracted COVID-19.
He died Monday at Mount Sinai South Nassau Medical Center in Oceanside on Long Island. He had passed out Feb. 26 from what was first thought to be the flu.
According to the “New York Daily News”, FDNY spokesman Jim Long said, “John Knox and the Knox family are in our thoughts and prayers,”
After he retired from the NYPD, Knox worked with the department to investigate fires as a private consultant, even in his 80s.
According to a statement from Mount Sinai South Nassau Medical Center:
“He did have an underlying chronic health condition as well as new symptoms. He later was diagnosed with COVID-19 and MSSN staff did everything possible. But we confirm his death with deep regret and sympathy for his family, many of whom are in self isolation due to COVID-19 exposure.”
The “New York Daily News” also says that Knox had not traveled to any high-risk countries and had not been exposed to others who had symptoms similar to COVID-19.
Knox had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, as well as reduced lung function. He developed those problems after being at Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center, during the 9/11 terror attacks that killed thousands in New York City.’
The city’s public health inspector warned last week that first responders who were at the World Trade Center that day, as well as other survivors of 9/11, were more susceptible to the coronavirus.
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Dr. Mitchell Katz, president of NYC Health and Hospitals, said:
“We do very much worry about people from the World Trade Center incident. This is New York, right, where we have a number of people who may be suffering from lung dysfunction due to their exposure. So it’s basically that people — your lung function and structure are not normal — your risk is greater.”
He's investigated fires, probed terrorist bombings.
Now legendary fire marshal John Knox, 84, passed away of complications from COVID-19.
Knox founded the FDNY union for fire marshals, investigated hundreds of fires, and stayed a consultant into his 80s.https://t.co/jrwQu0EOcL
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 16, 2020
First responders and other survivors who breathed in an unknown mix of toxins after the World Trade Center towers collapsed now have respiratory issues.
The coronavirus seems to most affect the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, such as respiratory diseases, heart disease and diabetes. People with compromised immune systems and/ or cancer are known to be at higher risk for suffering serious complications from coronavirus.