New York, NY – Retired New York Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Chief Vincent DeMarino died in the line of duty on Dec. 6, following a battle with cancer that developed after his service at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001.
Chief DeMarino, 61, received the cancer diagnosis less than one year ago, his widow told the New York Daily News.
“It took him within a year,” Charlene DeMarino told the news outlet. “He was an amazing, amazing man. Everyone that knew him loved him dearly.”
Chief DeMarino began his NYPD career in 1981 and was assigned to the transit bureau.
Five years later, he and Charlene met in Battery Park, just a short distance away from the area that is now known as Ground Zero, the New York Daily News reported.
“I met him on a park bench,” she recalled.
When the Sep. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks occurred, Chief DeMarino – then a narcotics officer in the Bronx – immediately raced to Ground Zero.
“He didn’t care that he was covered in dust,” Charlene told the New York Daily News. “He was right there after the first tower had been hit.”
He was a deputy chief by the time he retired from the force on Sep. 20, 2008, NYPD Captains Endowment Association President Roy Richter tweeted on Dec. 6.
“9/11 cancer has taken another hero from us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Deputy Chief Vincent DeMarino who lost his battle today,” Richter said. “Vinny served the NYPD proudly.”
After his retirement, Chief DeMarino went on to work as the security chief for the New York City Transit Authority, according to the New York Daily News.
Charlene said that her husband never lost his can-do attitude and his generous spirit.
“There was never a ‘no,’” she told the New York Daily News. “Family and the job came first. Everything he did, he did it 100 percent, and he did it with 100 percent pride.”
In addition to his wife, Chief DeMarino also leaves behind his four children.
Three of his children are serving with the NYPD, while the fourth is employed with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to the New York Daily News.
Chief DeMarino will be laid to rest on Wednesday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Deputy Chief Vincent DeMarino, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.