State Police Lieutenant who responded to September 11 WTC attacks dies from cancer

NJSP Trooper passes from brain cancer

A New Jersey State Police lieutenant who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2015 attributed to his response to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center died Thursday from cancer, the State Police announced.  Lt. Bill Fearon, of Cedar Grove, served 22 years with the State Police, most recently as a tactical instructor, according to his LinkedIn profile.  Fearon was diagnosed with a brain tumor on May 3, 2015 and underwent surgery three days later.  While undergoing treatment, he returned to work on a limited basis in July 2015, according to a story by NorthJersey.com.  The Cedar Grove community rallied around the trooper during his illness and raised funds to cover medical expenses as he underwent chemotherapy treatment.  A GoFundMe account started in May 2015 raised nearly $60,000 and a local fire department hosted a chili cook-off.  The State Police, in a Facebook tribute to Fearon posted late Thursday, cited his enduring positive attitude during the ongoing treatment.  He handed out "No Fear" wristbands throughout his battle with cancer, the State Police said.  "Every day I put my feet on the ground and I look forward to winning," Fearon said, according to the State Police post.  "This is the mindset that I have, it's about living without fear."  Fearon is survived by his wife Janice, and their three children, Ryan, Elyse and Jessie.

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