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Hero Down: New York MTA Officer Albert Gatti Dies From 9/11-Related Cancer

New York MTA Officer Albert Gatti served his department for nearly three decades.

East Brunswick, NJ – Retired New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Officer Albert Gatti died in the line of duty on March 7, following a battle with cancer that developed after his service at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001.

Officer Gatti, 58, worked for the MTA/Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority at the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel at the time of the attacks, according to his obituary.

He was one of many first responders “who went selflessly into the pit at Ground Zero” to search for survivors, the tribute read.


Officer Gatti then spent another two years actively participating in the cleanup efforts.

Five years ago, he began his “bravest battle,” after developing 9/11-related cancer, according to his obituary.

Officer Gatti served the MTA for 28 years prior to his retirement in 2016.

He passed away at his home at 7 a.m. on March 7.

Officer Gatti leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Lillian, as well as his children, Alyssa and Christian.

He is also survived by his granddaughter, mother, siblings, and many friends and extended family members.

Officer Gatti was laid to rest on March 12.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Officer Albert Gatti, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Holly Matkin - March Mon, 2020


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