As we end this week and go into the weekend, let's remember that tomorrow marks 20 years since the tragic attack on US soil, September 11, 2001. The attacks on Flight 93, the Pentagon and the World Trade Center buildings resulted in 2,996 deaths. 2,763 died at the World Trade Center buildings including 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers.
Thousands of first responders and people working and living in lower Manhattan near Ground Zero were exposed to toxic fumes and particles emanating from the towers as they burned and fell. By 2018, 10,000 people were diagnosed with 9/11-related cancer.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was signed into law in January 2011 by President Barack Obama. Named for James Zadroga, a New York City Police officer who died of respiratory disease he contracted after rescuing people from the rubble at Ground Zero, the law continued health monitoring and compensation for 9/11 first responders and survivors as well as support for the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2092.
~Chief Mike Weege