In Memory of
John J. Brant
July 19, 2018
hero to the growing list of first responders killed by
9/11-related illnesses. A Port Authority Police
Department lieutenant died this week from inhaling toxic
dust at Ground Zero, officials said.
Port Authority Police Lt. John Brant, 61, died Thursday
in a hospice, relatives said. The avid baseball player
and athlete who ran the New York City Marathon three
times was diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer
on Memorial Day weekend. A month and a half later, he
“It was that quick,” said his widow Lisa, who met her
future husband at a race 27 years ago. “He was a young,
healthy man and his body was strong, but the cancer just
Brant joined the rescue and recovery effort at Ground
Zero on Sept. 12, 2001, a day after the terror attacks.
He was at Ground Zero through the end of the year,
A Queens native who rooted for the Yankees and the
Raiders, Brant retired from the PAPD about four years
ago. The college catcher spent his retirement fulfilling
a lifelong dream — becoming an umpire for local baseball
games, his widow said.
Their daughter Eliza, 20, keeps the family’s athletic
tradition alive as a member of her college swim team.
“We had hopes of doing a family triathlon — John on
bike, Eliza swimming and me running,” she said.
Eliza said her father “was one of the most giving,
protective guys I know.” He was also a grown-up
kid, she remembered.
“He would take us to Disney World when I was a kid. He
loved Disney,” she remembered. “It was like he was the
kid and me and my mom were the adults.”
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PAPD family lost another 9/11 first responder last
evening, Retired Lt. John J. Brant. We met about 30
years ago when we worked in the same squad as Police
Officers, and that is when he started calling me nephew,
and I started calling him “Unc”, and this how we
addressed each other for all of these many years even
after our respective retirements. He fought a very brave
battle, but now his suffering is over, and now he can
rest. Definitely gone way too soon. R.I.P. "UNC".........Everett