Joseph Zadroga, an advocate for sick 9/11 first responders, died after he was hit by a car in a New Jersey parking zone, police mentioned.

Galloway Township police responded to a name shortly after 2 p.m. ET on Saturday a few automobile accident at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona.

Investigators on the scene mentioned that 82-year-old Absecon resident James McNeal pulled his Nissan SUV right into a parking house and hit Zadroga, police mentioned in a news release.

Zadroga, 76, was standing simply outdoors his parked automobile, in line with police.

“As McNeal was pulling into his parking house, he accelerated, struck the Hyundai, after which struck Zadroga who was subsequently pinned beneath the Nissan,” police mentioned.

Responding officers tried life-saving measures on Zadroga earlier than transporting him to a neighborhood hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless.

The investigation into the accident stays ongoing, police mentioned.

Zadroga was the previous chief of the North Arlington Police Division in New Jersey.

He was additionally the daddy of New York Police Division Detective James Zadroga, a 9/11 first responder who died as a result of respiratory illness attributed to poisonous publicity whereas working at floor zero. In 2006, the 34-year-old turned the primary NYPD officer to die after reporting floor zero-related well being issues.

After his son’s dying, Zadroga turned a nationally identified determine for his advocacy work on behalf of floor zero staff who suffered from critical respiratory illnesses. He spearheaded the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which affords well being screenings and monetary help to sick 9/11 first responders.

Sergeants Benevolent Affiliation provided their condolences to the previous police chief on social media.

“Father of the late NYPD Det James Zadroga, he spearheaded the #ZadrogaAct for 9/11 victims & households. Large legacy. #nypd,” SBA wrote.

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