NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 9/11-related illness has claimed the life of another former NYPD officer.

Retired Detective Dennis Murphy died on Friday from cancer.

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Murphy helped sift through the rubble after the 2001 terror attacks and later became an advocate for the 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund.

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“Dennis was a fierce advocate for his fellow 9/11 first responders, even during his own battle with 9/11-linked cancer. He was a loyal friend. He will be missed,” the Police Benevolent Association said after the veteran policeman’s passing.

Murphy is survived by his wife and two sons.

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Det. Dennis Murphy was 57 years-old.