1968 – 2022
On the morning of September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were commandeered by terrorists and crashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Later that morning, both towers and surrounding buildings collapsed, sending a large cloud of toxic dust and smoldering debris through lower Manhattan.
Supervisory Administrative Specialist (SAS) Bryan Myers, a member of the Mobile Field Office’s Evidence Response Team, was deployed to the World Trade Center for the FBI’s recovery operation. Working eight- to 12-hour shifts at the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, New York, Myers’ duties entailed continuous sifting and sorting through World Trade Center debris in an effort to locate human remains, personal items for identification of victims, and recovery of evidence. As part of his official duties, he was exposed to the carcinogens, toxins, and hazardous materials present at the recovery site.
In April 2021, SAS Myers was diagnosed with Stage 3 bile duct cancer, which spread to his lymph nodes. He succumbed to the disease on May 30, 2022. Extensive research by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health established sufficient evidence that SAS Myers’ exposure to the air in and around the World Trade Center site either precipitated or accelerated his development of the disease.
SAS Myers was born in January 1968 in Mobile, Alabama. He entered on duty with the FBI in March 1992.