9/11 First Responder With Lung Disease Kills Himself

Doug Greenwood, (pictured) was the owner of Bleeker Street Pizza and a former NYPD officer. He was also involved in the 9/11 tragedy and clean up afterwards. He committed suicide this week.
Photo credit” Gregory P. Mango.

He went from serving as commanding NYPD officer at Ground Zero’s infamous “Pile” to a second career serving pies as owner of the famous Bleecker Street Pizza.

But his 9/11 lung disease became too painful to bear, and on Tuesday night, retired Capt. Douglas Greenwood shot himself to death at a park near his Suffolk County home.

“He talked about shooting himself as an inevitable thing,” said a longtime friend, NYC photographer Kevin McCormick.

“He said, ‘When there’s no more quality of life, I’m going to do it,’” McCormick said.

“He knew it was coming.”

Greenwood, 61, of Greenlawn, NY, shot himself in the chest at the entrance to Greenlawn Park.

He’d been co-owner of the highly touted Greenwich Village pizzeria since retiring from the NYPD on 9/11 disability 14 years ago.

Bleecker Street Pizza was a perennial entry on top-NYC-pizza lists.

“As true to my Italian grandmother’s recipe as possible,” Greenwood once said of his Tuscan-style, “Nonna Maria” pie, which features fresh basil and costly Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

The dedicated cop had worked 40 days straight on The Pile as captain of the Manhattan South Task Force.

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SOURCE: NY Post, Larry Celona and Laura Italiano