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A firefighter killed on September 11 is identified 18 years later

Firefighters and loved ones gathered to mourn Michael Haub after his remains were definitively identified, the Unified Firefighters Association said in a statement. It said the job was to provide his family with closure and peace of mind after last week the medical examiner identified more of his remains recovered at Ground Zero.

Haub was a 13-year veteran of Ladder Company 4, according to the association.

"We remember him and the 342 other firefighters who perished the fateful day and will be eternally grateful for the courage they show," it said in a statement Tuesday.

In addition to the firefighters killed that day, hundreds more died in the following years. New York officials say another 200 firefighters have lost their lives from illnesses linked to their time working at the World Trade Center following the September 1
1, 2001 terrorist attacks.

"It is almost incomprehensible that after losing 343 members on September 11 2001., we have now had 200 more FDNY members die due to World Trade Center disease, "said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro in July." These heroes gave their lives valiantly to save and recover others. We will never forget them. "

  New York Fire Department members attend a funeral service for FDNY firefighter Michael Haub in New York City on Tuesday.

Exposure to the 9/11 terrorist attacks may have caused a variety of health conditions, including acute traumatic injuries, as well as respiratory and digestive system disorders, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Those who were exposed to the attacks also developed cancers that include lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma, it said.

On September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked four fuel-laden US commercial aircraft heading to destinations at A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The attack was orchestrated by Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

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