Tony Cruz, now 65, a retired FDNY firefighter

Tony Cruz, now 65, a retired FDNY firefighter and chief of the Smithtown Volunteer Fire Department, is among a number of firefighters who have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of on-the-job exposure to hazardous conditions and toxic substances. Cruz was photographed at the fire department on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

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