State Police leader among 9/11 victims killed years later

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It has become a solemn annual tradition in New York City and across the country to read the names of those killed during the 9/11 attacks.

A national recognition that’s developed in recent years is that many of the 9/11 victims not only didn’t die at Ground Zero, they died many years after the attack.

Wayne Bennett commanded the search and recovery operation for the New York State Police. Public service was not only his professional duty, it was his calling.

His widow, Patricia, refers to her late husband as a “trooper’s trooper.”

It wasn’t until 15 years after the 9/11 attack when Bennett was diagnosed with lung cancer that quickly metastasized into his brain. He lost his battle in 2017.

Hear from both Bennetts wife and from the Schenectady Police chief, as they recall his leadership during the tragedy by watching the video of Dan Levys story.