John Knox a legendary NYC Fire Marshall who was sickened at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, passed away over the weekend from complications due to the Coronavirus
John Knox passed away at 84 years old after complications from the Coronavirus on Monday at Mount Sinai South Nassau Medical Center. The dedicated Fireman had contracted the virus about a week ago.
On February 26 Knox had passed out from what appeared to be the flu. He had not traveled out of the country nor been in contact with anyone who was known to have the virus.
After having worked at Ground Zero he developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had reduced lung functioning.
His death comes shortly after a warning from the city’s public health system that first responders from Ground Zero as well as survivors from the terrorist attack are more at risk for contracting Coronavirus.
“We do very much worry about people from the World Trade Center incident. This is New York, right, where we have a number of people who may be suffering from lung dysfunction due to their exposure. So it’s basically that people — your lung function and structure are not normal — your risk is greater.”
– Dr. Mitchell Katz, president of NYC Health & Hospitals
Knox founded the Union that supports fire marshals and he had investigated hundreds of fires in the 70’s and 80’s
“John has worn many hats over his lifetime, US Marine, Firefighter, Fire Marshal and Labor Leader, but he will best be remembered as a loving husband, father and friend. John would want his untimely demise to be used to draw attention and resources in finding a cure or vaccine for the Coronavirus.”
– Peter Gleason, friend of Knox