9/11 hero ‘who was in charge of all the NYPD boots on the ground’ at Ground Zero kills himself after long, painful battle with lung disease

Thursday, December 14, 2017
By Paul Martin

Captain Douglas Greenwood worked for 40 straight days at Ground Zero site
He was constantly on the radio so was not able to wear his protective mask
After retiring, he went on to run the renowned Bleecker Street Pizza restaurant
His friends say he was in constant pain and for 10 years slept in an oxygen tent

14 December 2017

A former NYPD captain who commanded officers at Ground Zero on 9/11 has taken his own life after a long battle with lung disease.

Captain Douglas Greenwood, 61, shot himself at the entrance to Greenlawn Park near his home in Suffolk County, Long Island.

After leaving the NYPD on 9/11 disability 14 years ago, following 26 years of service, he became the owner of the highly regarded Greenwich Village Bleecker Street Pizza restaurant.

Greenwood was a captain on the Manhattan South Task Force and led officers for 40 straight days at the site but because he was constantly on the radio was unable to keep his protective mask on.

He slept in an oxygen tank for the last 10 years and continued to struggle despite surgery
Greenwood’s friend of 25 years and former detective Ralph Friedman told the New York Post: ‘It was constant, increasing pain. It hurt to breathe.

‘He would never do something like this unless he had no choice. And he had no choice.’

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