As the headlines buzz and our hearts ache with the news of Robin Williams losing his battle to mental illness, several quiet heroes have also lost their own battles in these last few years. Their fight wasn’t against depression or drugs or celebrity scrutiny, but it was just as sinister, and just as heartbreaking. Their story also deserves some attention.
One of these beloved heroes was laid to rest last week, just days after the news broke that over 2500 Ground Zero first responders are now fighting various 9/11-related cancers. Lieutenant Keith Loughlin, 56-years-old, worked for the FDNY for 26 years before retiring in 2005 after learning he had throat cancer. He was a husband, father, son, brother, friend and Rangers fan. He was everything to so many people and yet there was no news surrounding the tragedy of his death, save for the obituary in his local paper.