Albany County, NY – New York State Police (NYSP) Trooper Michael J. Anson, 56, died on Jan. 2 from a 9/11-related illness.
Trooper Anson’s death resulted from an illness stemming from his assignment at the World Trade Center (WTC) site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, according to NYSP Superintendent George P. Beach II in a Facebook post.
Superintendent Beach said Trooper Anson, 56, had been assigned to New York City following 9/11.
The 31-year veteran of the New York State Police entered the department on Sept. 22, 1986 and served his entire career in Troop G.
Trooper Anson was most recently stationed at SP New Scotland. He served as an academy training officer at the Basic School for multiple classes from 2012 to 2017.
He was a school resource officer from 2003 to 2010 in the Averill Park and Brunswick School Districts
Trooper Anson was from Albany County, and is survived by his wife, their three children, and his brothers.
He was the sixth NYSP trooper, and the second from Troop G, to die from a 9/11-related illness, according to Kristin Lowman, NYSP spokeswoman. Trooper Covel Pierce, 60, died in 2011.
Trooper Anson worked the search-and-recovery effort at ground zero in the days after the terror attack, which resulted in the illness that eventually killed him, according to the Times Union.
He was one of the thousands of people who participated in the rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center that have been diagnosed with illnesses that their doctors or families suspect might be linked to toxins in the smoke and ash at the Lower Manhattan site, according to FOX News.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of NYSP Trooper Michael J. Anson, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Trooper Anson, your life mattered.