The first time Queens firefighter Robert Tilearcio traveled to Washington, D.C. to fight for the extension of the Zadroga Act, he stood on his own two feet. The last time he went to the Capitol, he was in a wheelchair, a victim of a 9/11-related illness - the very threat he had worked to protect his brothers from. Tilearcio, 58, died of a brain tumor on Wednesday, his heartbroken family said. More.
Queens firefighter Robert Tilearcio — who fought for Zadroga Act — dies at 58 of 9/11-linked tumor