In a post on FDNYrant by "bxnarcorgr ".....He posted......QUOTE.......Rest in peace, Lt. Wiebicke.....We also lost an NYPD member this week. Bad news..
Barnegat man, former NYPD officer and 9/11 first responder, diesPublished: Saturday, March 05, 2011, 11:30 AM Updated: Saturday, March 05, 2011, 11:45 AM By Bob Considine/The Star-Ledger
Photo provided by Smith familyNYPD police officer Harold "Smitty" Smith in this file photo from 1987.BARNEGAT — Harold J. Smith, a first responder at the World Trade Center during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, died in his Barnegat home early this morning, according to fellow 9/11 first responder Charles Giles.
Smith, a retired New York Police Department sergeant, had suffered from Stage 4 cancer — diagnosed by his doctors as the result of working months in the Staten Island landfill where rubble from the Twin Towers’ collapse was taken. He was 47.
“Harry Smith was a giant amongst men,” said Guiles, a fellow Barnegat resident. “He had a caring and loving heart. He’ll be missed by all.”
Giles, who championed health benefits for 9/11 responders and who is battling his own health problems from the toxic dust at Ground Zero, said Smith was the 995th first responder to die since the attacks.
Smith, who was known as “Smitty” by his friends and co-workers, was a sergeant with NYPD’s narcotics division in Staten Island. He retired in 2007 and began incurring serious health problems the following year.
Smith is survived by his wife, Margie and three children, Christina, Brandon and Maria. In lieu of flowers, Smith's family is asking that donations be made to the Hope and Heroes Children Cancer’s Fund, Wilm's Tumor Research, at 161 Fort Washington Avenue, IP-7, New York, N.Y., 10032..........UNQUOTE.......RIP.