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Police Officers Fatally Sickened by Sept. 11 Dust to be Honored

April 29, 2008 12:06 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The New York Police Department will list eight fallen members on its “Wall of Heroes.” Sick site workers are still seeking care and funding.

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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced Monday that the officers, each of whom died from illnesses stemming from working in the rubble from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, would be commemorated in a May 8 ceremony.

“Each of these eight individuals … assisted in rescue and recovery efforts. It is only fitting that they be recognized in this fashion,” said Kelly.

Volunteers and workers at the former World Trade Center site and at Staten Island’s Fresh Kills landfill, the resting place of much of the debris, have suffered from cancer, severe breathing problems, depression and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center conducted a study of 70,000 workers at the World Trade Center site—85 percent of whom reported respiratory ailments.

Those suffering from “post 9-11 disease” complain of being “forgotten victims” by the government and argue that more funding should be allocated to treatment and research.

One of the eight honorees in the memorial, police Detective Joseph Zadroga, previously said, “If Bush can send $15 billion to Africa over five years for AIDS treatment, I'm sure he could find $1 billion a year to help these people.” Zadroga died in 2006. A Congressional bill named in his honor would secure more funding for sufferers of 9/11 related ailments.

Some 3,000 police officers and their families have filed unresolved claims against the city of New York. According to the New York Post, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg fought payment of benefits to emergency responders at the site of the attacks on budgetary grounds.

Headline Link: ‘ "911” Cops on Wall of Fame’

Background: ‘9/11’s Lingering Cloud’

Reference: The James Zadroga Health Compensation Act

Related Topic: The Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum

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