NEW YORK (WABC) – An FDNY deputy chief died Tuesday of World Trade Center-related cancer.
EMS deputy chief Alvin Suriel, a 32-year ambulance veteran, is the 264th member of the FDNY to die of a WTC-related illness.
He was 52 years old.
As a medic on September 11, 2001, Suriel of the EMS Academy in Fort Totten responded in a convoy of FDNY EMS members to the World Trade Center. He spent many days on site and participated in the rescue and recovery work of the department for the World Trade Center.
Suriel most recently served as Assistant Chief of EMS Operations – the first Hispanic member to ever be appointed to that rank. He was promoted to the position in May 2019.
“Al Suriel spent three decades providing preclinical emergency medicine across our city. In his time as a paramedic and paramedic, he has saved countless lives and through his inspiring leadership in our ambulance office, ”said Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “He was there for New Yorkers on September 11th, he was instrumental in our department’s extraordinary response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and he has provided excellent care for every single patient who has ever called for his help. Loss is a painful one Blow to our entire department. “
Chief Suriel leaves behind his wife and two daughters.
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