ANNANDALE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Friends and family remembered the life and accomplishments of one of the first responders to the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Phillip McKee died May 31, 2013. Family members believe he succumbed to injuries sustained from 9/11 - figurative and literal.
McKee was on one of the first engines to arrive at the Pentagon. He severely injured his leg and according to family, battled post-traumatic stress disorder until his death.
"He was disabled - smoke, lung inhalation his lower leg was fractured," husband and partner Nopadon McKee said.
McKee graduated from Yale and Harvard University before turning to public service and a new career as an artist/businessman.
"He did everything he wanted to do," said his grandmother.
"He was a character in recruit school," said Arlington Fire Capt. Gregg Karl. "[He was a] great person to be around.
Nopadon's adopted son Nate wants to follow in Phillip McKee's footsteps as a Fairfax volunteer firefighter. His father says Nate eventually wants to bear McKee's badge.
McKee was 41.