- Thomas Phelan has died of 9/11 related illness.
Thomas Phelan has died of 9/11 related illness.
City firefighter Thomas Phelan, an unsung hero of 9/11 who evacuated hundreds of people from Lower Manhattan while working as a ferry captain, has died.
He was 45.
Phelan died Friday of cancer. His illness was believed to be related to his exposure to the toxic fumes swirling around Ground Zero, officials and friends said.
He went on to join the FDNY in May 2003.