Sergeant, Station Commander Jeffrey Cicora passed away Saturday due to an illness from his service at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, according to the New York State Police.
Cicora was from Baldwinsville, New York.
Following the attacks in New York City, Cicora was assigned to search and recovery efforts. He began working for the State Police on October, 12, 1992 and has worked alongside the State Police for 24 years.
He is survived by his wife and son. State Police says funeral arrangements will come in the upcoming days.
In the years since 9/11 attacks, more than 40,000 people applied to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The bill replenishes and permanently extends access to the fund for victims. In June, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, officials — including former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart — spoke passionately in defense of the bill.
The fund was set to run out of money by December 2020. As a result, claims had been reduced by as much as 70 percent in some cases.
"There is not a person here; there is not an empty chair on that stage that didn't tweet out 'Never forget the heroes of 9/11. Never forget their bravery. Never forget what they did, what they gave to this country, well here they are,'" Stewart said. "Your indifference cost these people their most valuable commodity, time ... it's the one thing they're running out of."
Last month, President Donald Trump signed a bill fully funding the Victim Compensation Fund for all future health care needs. This despite opposition from members of Trump's own Republican Party. The bill passed the Senate 97-2 and would provide money for the program through 2092.
Sunday, first responders lined overpasses along Interstate 81 as Cicora's body was transferred from Clayton to Syracuse.