It’s been almost two decades since the devastating attacks that kneel down our nation and its effect are still felt even today. Unfortunately, those who’re still suffering are the brave heroes that were there in the line of duty, trying to save our loved ones.

With Richard Driscoll’s passing earlier this week, the number of the firefighters who died of 9/11-related illness, reached 200. The FDNY announced in a post on their Facebook page that New York City Fire Department firefighter Richard Driscoll became the 200th member of the department to pass away, because of  September 11, 2011 related illness, New York Post reports.

Richard Driscoll was a Vietnam War veteran who also served as a firefighter for 32 years. I true hero of our great nation, I would say. He has been there at Ground Zero and eventually he retired from East Harlem’s Engine 91 in 2002.

Richard’s death shows, one more time just how careless the system was(and continues to be) with our heroes.

“It is almost incomprehensible that after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die due to World Trade Center illness,” Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement. “These heroes gave their lives bravely fighting to rescue and recover others.”

Among others, mayor Bill de Blasio paid tribute to Driscoll with a tweet. “200 members of the FDNY have now succumbed to WTC-related illness. They didn’t hesitate to run into danger,” wrote de Blasio. “They stayed until the work was done.”

On the other hand, the bill that permanently authorizes funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund was passed only last month, after lengthy debates, gut-wrenching testimony from first responders and a public shaming by Jon Stewart, Law Enforcement Today reported.