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9/11 Hero and Educator Passes After Battle with Cancer

December 29, 2021 | Michael Barasch

The 9/11 community includes half a million people, from first responders to Lower Manhattan office workers to teachers and students at area schools.

Everyone breathed in the 9/11 toxic dust, increasing their risk of 68 different types of cancer and dozens of respiratory illnesses.

Sadly, we recently learned of the passing of retired NYPD detective and school teacher Terence “Terry” Mulvey, 62.

His passing was reported by the New York Post.

Mulvey joined the police department in 1983 and worked in several Manhattan precincts before he was added to the Dignitary Protection Unit for Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

He later worked for the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Task Force, meeting his future wife, Erin, who continues to work for the DEA.

Mulvey responded to Ground Zero on 9/11, contributing to search and rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site.

After retiring from law enforcement, Mulvey became a teacher and school administrator, most recently as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. 

Every day, a client of our firm dies. It’s truly heartbreaking.

His illness demonstrates that anyone who was living, working, or even just visiting Lower Manhattan on 9/11 and in the eight months that followed should check their eligibility to enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program and register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Many kinds of cancer and respiratory illness only develop years or decades after an individual’s exposure to toxins.

By visiting your primary health care provider for regular checkups and enrolling in the health and compensation programs available to 9/11 first responders and survivors, you have the ability to access potentially life-saving medical treatments as well as benefits to support you and your family.

Give yourself and your family the peace of mind to know that health care and other resources will be available if you get sick in the future.To check your eligibility for both the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please visit or call 212-385-8000 today.


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