North country pays tribute to hero of 9/11
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Jeffrey Cicora went home Sunday. He had a lot of friends to see him on his way.
The retired New York State Police sergeant and station commander died Saturday in Clayton, where he owned a home. Sunday, Cicora’s body was escorted down Route 81 to the Syracuse area, where the funeral for the Baldwinsville native will be held.
Along the way, fire department and rescue squad volunteers, other police, sheriff’s deputies, lined the overpasses of Route 81 to honor Cicora.
City and Town of Watertown fire departments flew the American flag on the Arsenal Street Bridge.
“That guy paid the ultimate sacrifice and the least we can do is stand out here and show a little respect back to him and the family, and the rest of the troopers and cops that drove by,” said Tucker Wiley, city fire department battalion chief.
“9/11, it happened so long ago, and it’s still affecting families right here in the north country and everywhere.”
Cicora served with the state police for 24 years. He retired in May 2017 because of a 9/11 - related cancer. Cicora was assigned to the World Trade Center site after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Cicora is one of thousands of first responders made ill by exposure to toxic chemicals at the World Trade Center site. Officials estimate the number of those who will die from 9/11-related cancers will exceed the more than 2,600 who died at the World Trade Center in the attacks of September 11.
Cicora is survived by a wife and son.
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