According to the Hudson Valley News Network article on bringing healthcare closer to home for for Hudson Valley 9/11 responders, New York State Trooper Michael J. Anson was the first line of duty death for law enforcement of 2018. Trooper Anson died on January 2, 2018 of a 9/11 related illness he developed while he was in the service of New York State Police. Per a press release published by New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II, Anson was assigned “to aid in the search and recovery efforts” at ground zero following the September 11, 2001 attacks. Anson served with the State Police for 31 years and was assigned to Troop G for his entire service.
Trooper Anson was one of thousands of first responders who sacrificed his health while working at the World Trade Center site. He developed cancer from exposure to the toxic dust he had inhaled at ground zero following the attacks. During Anson’s service he had been a school resource officer from 2003 to 2010 as well as an Academy Training Officer at the Basic School for multiple classes from 2012-2017.
He lived in Albany County, New York and is survived by his wife, three children and his brothers.
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