Fire EMS, Firefighting, Health & Safety

9/11 Illnesses: Firefighter Death Case to Move Forward

A federal judge is allowing the first 12 of more than 9,000 lawsuits filed against New York City for illnesses caused by ash and dust in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center to go to trial this spring. The first batch of lawsuits include a firefighter who died of throat cancer and another who needed a lung transplant, among others.

The lawsuits claim New York City failed to give workers equipment to protect their lungs from the debris that covered the World Trade Center site. View a video and get more info about the 9/11 lawsuits HERE. Activists have also started a Facebook page designed to push President Obama to help sickened WTC responders which you can visit HERE. Legislation that would provide comprehensive health care and treatment for sickened 9/11 responders, namely the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009, is currently stalled in Congress. The legislation is named after NYPD Detective James Zadroga, who died due to exposure to contaminated air at Ground Zero.