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CT trooper who died of cancer after responding to 9/11 to be laid to rest

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Trooper Walter Greene. (WFSB) Trooper Walter Greene. (WFSB)
Trooper Walter Greene passed away on May 31. (State police) Trooper Walter Greene passed away on May 31. (State police)

A Connecticut state trooper who died of cancer years after responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be laid to rest this week.

Trooper Walter Greene went to New York City in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

He died on May 31 at the age of 51.

State police said he had a rare form of cancer that was the result of being exposed to chemicals and toxins.

Services are scheduled for both Monday and Tuesday at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, which is the site of the state's Sept. 11 memorial.

A brief procession from the Collins Funeral Home in Norwalk to the state park took place just before 11:30 a.m.

He was a motorcycle instructor for state police.

During the procession, Greene's SUV towed his motorcycle.

"He trained not just state troopers in the aspect of police motorcycle riding, but all local police officers and officers beyond the state of CT," said Sgt. Robert Derry of the CT State Police. 

Calling hours are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the park.

State Police said at least 250 motorcycle units from the Connecticut State Police, Connecticut police departments and law enforcement agencies from surrounding states and across the country are expected to attend the services.

Greene and about two dozen state police troopers were part of recovery efforts after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Towers. 

Major Dale Hourigan is now retired, but he stayed in touch with Greene. He was with Greene on 9/11. 

"There were some hazards. You could smell burning fires, it was much like an acrid electrical smoke in the air and you could feel it irritating your throat, and when you came home from your shift, you had the dust on your uniform," said Hourigan. 

Fellos troopers say Greene was determined to not let cancer beat him. 

"He would tell you, 'I will be back at work in a couple weeks,' and you would look at him and say 'are you sure Walt,' and he would say 'I got it.' That was hit word, 'I got this,'" said Retired Sgt. Sidney Luther of the CT State Police. 

Officials said Greene joined the state police in 1990 after serving four years with the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was part of a crime control task force, traffic services and was also a K9 handler.

He left behind a wife and three children.

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