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Deputy marshal Zacarias Toro dies of cancer linked to 9/11 response

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11:  Flowers are viewed at the 9/11 Memorial where flowers are placed on the names of veterans killed on September 11, 2001 for Veterans Day in New York on November 11, 2014 in New York City. New York celebrated the day with the annual Veteran's Day Parade, which is often called the largest Veteran's Day Parade in the country.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Flowers are viewed at the 9/11 Memorial where flowers are placed on the names of veterans killed on September 11, 2001 for Veterans Day in New York on November 11, 2014 in New York City. New York celebrated the day with the annual Veteran's Day Parade, which is often called the largest Veteran's Day Parade in the country. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

A deputy U.S. marshal has died of cancer linked to the 2001 World Trade Center response.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Wednesday that the passing of Zacarias Toro is considered a line-of-duty death. It says the World Trade Center Health Program determined his cancer resulted from his work on at the trade center after 9/11.

The Nanuet, New York resident died Sunday.

Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton says the heroism shown by Toro and other responders should never be forgotten.

Toro was the recipient of the Marshals Service Purple Heart Award.

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Survivors include his wife Lorraine; children Zachary, Jeremy, Nicholas and Emily; and his mother.

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