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NYPD cop who spent weeks digging at Ground Zero for FDNY brother killed by 9/11-related cancer 18 years later

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They died in the same fight, one looking out for the other, as brothers and as heroes. NYPD detective Joe Paolillo succumbed last week at age 55 to a rare form of cancer he contracted looking for his brother on the pile at Ground Zero in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks. Hundreds of cops attended Saturday when the NYPD gave Paolillo an inspector’s funeral, which included a helicopter flyover and is the highest honor for an officer killed in the line of duty. More.

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