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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