Fire Fighter Roy Chelsen
(courtesy of BeTheMatch)
We just lost another 9/11 HERO:
Heroic 9/11 first responder Roy Chelsen loses battle with cancer at 51BY Barry Paddock
Bennett for NewsRoy Chelsen, seen here in 2006, saved the lives of many firefighters on Sept. 11, 2001.
On 9/11, Chelsen, of Engine 28 in Manhattan, rushed a group of firefighters out of the World Trade Center's north tower moments before it collapsed, saving their lives.
Then he stayed on at Ground Zero, spending weeks digging through the rubble. He was later diagnosed with incurable bone-marrow cancer linked to his time there.
Blood drives were organized in his honor, and last month, he received a stem-cell transplant after a long and difficult search for a matching donor.
"This was so sought after that once he finally got the match we were calling it his new birth date," said Kevin Murray, a friend and fellow firefighter. "He got the match - finally - after five years."
Murray is among the firefighters who credit Chelsen with saving his life on 9/11. Chelsen saw the south tower collapse and returned to the north tower to tell firefighters there to flee.
"We ran out of the north tower because of him," Murray said. "He ran back through all the jumpers to grab us and rush us out."...