November 23, 2015

Diane DiGiacomo - A victim of the September 11, 2001 Attack on the World Trade Center

Diane DiGiacomo died on November 20, 2015, at her sister's home in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. 
Diane DiGiacomo

Diane was in her early 50's.

Diane had been a Special Investigator and Humane Law Enforcement Officer with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, New York.

Diane was born and raised in Brooklyn. She graduated from Edward R. Murrow High School and attended college for several years.

Diane worked for the ASPCA for almost 20 years and worked in all five boroughs of New York City. She investigated reports of animal abuse and cruelty, arrested abusers and rescued abused and sick animals. She was often seen on the television program "Animal Precinct" which highlighted the work of the ASPCA.

Immediately after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, Diane was assigned to search for abandoned animals in the vicinity of the demolished buildings. She spent three months fulfilling this assignment.

Years later Diane developed breast cancer which doctors attributed to her continual work in the toxic atmosphere that she was exposed to in the vicinity of the World Trade Center.

The cancer spread and Diane wasted away to only 60 pounds. A New York judge denied Diane's workers compensation claim on the grounds that her cancer was not
Father, place Diane on the Stairway
to Heaven.
caused from being an animal rescuer but instead came from the place in which she was assigned to work.

Colleagues describe Diane as the most caring and compassionate person who truly cared for the well-being of animals.

Diane's loved ones are devastated over her tragic death. She was full of life and a humble woman. She loved helping animals and performed her duties in a brave and professional manner. She was a single mother who did her best. She loved her family and was loved in return. She will be forever mourned.

Diane is survived by many loving friends and family members including her son Stephan, her sisters, Donna and Laura, and her brother, Paul. 

Thank you for your service to the community, Diane. 

Pray for all who go to work and who die because of it.

Pray for all who suffer.

Pray that Diane is in heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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