Long Island, NY - Hero NYPD Deputy Chief James Molloy, died Monday night, January 30, 2017, from 9/11-related illness.
According to the New York Daily News, NYPD Chief James Molloy, age 55, died at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, with his family by his side.
On September 11, 2001, Chief James Molloy was driving to work when he learned about the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. He went to assist and was the last car to get through the Brooklyn Battery tunnel before it was shut down. When the towers collapsed, massive waves of debris and dust flooded the tunnel. Chief Molloy, covered in dust, went straight to Ground Zero and began working. Chief Molloy assisted at Ground Zero for several months, taking part in and supervising the recovery efforts, according to Officer Down Memorial Page.
At age 29, Chief James Molloy became the youngest Captain in the NYPD and was assigned to command the same precinct that his grandfather had in the 1930's. He served with the NYPD for 35 years, in various assignments, including Commander of the elite Emergency Service Unit and the Detective Borough for Queens. He graduated from the 193rd Session of the FBI National Academy.
The contamination from the World Trade Center site has resulted in many first responders becoming ill, and has led to numerous deaths.
Chief james Molly is survived by his wife Mary Williams Molloy, and two daughters, Christina, 16, and Alexa, 25. His wife said that “he was a great husband, the best dad ever, and a role model." She said that “he was courageous in his career, and he was courageous in fighting the illness.”
Roy Richter, head of the Captains Endowment Association, said “Deputy Chief Molloy is as courageous a guy as you can find. He also said that “he led search efforts tirelessly at Ground Zero. His dry wit and get-it-done attitude can always be counted upon to effectively respond to constant dangers he and his command faced. All in the department who knew or worked with him held Jim in the highest regard.”
Chief James Molloy began having problems with his vision about 31 months ago and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He had surgery but the cancer returned. His brother, John Molloy, said that being a cop wasn't just a job with him. He said that “he was completely devoted to his work and his family. Many a night, he would get a call in the middle of the night. He was committed 100%.”
He also liked to joke around and tease family members and friends. Chief Molloy also loved boating, and working on cars, especially his beloved 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle.
The viewing for Chief Molloy is scheduled for Thursday, February 02, 2017 at Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in East Islip. His funeral will be Friday at St. Patrick's Church in Bayshore.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the fallen hero NYPD Deputy Chief James Molloy. Godspeed, sir, we will take it from here. Thank you for your service.
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