Firefighters Urge Congress to Pass Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act

From the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)

Professional firefighters from New York City are in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to Reauthorize the Zadroga Act, which provides essential health care assistance and victim compensation to the thousands who have suffered illness as a result of their tireless efforts searching for survivors at Ground Zero after 9/11.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing to learn more about the Zadroga Act. Hearing witnesses will include Dr. John Howard, Director National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Dr. Iris Udasin, Medical Director, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; David Howley, Retired NYPD Officer and Barbara Burnette, Former YPD Detective.

Following the attacks, firefighters from New York and across the U.S. flocked to “the Pile” to help with the recovery. More than 30,000 people, and hundreds of firefighters, have developed chronic diseases as result of toxic exposure. Sadly, more than 70 firefighters and 60 NYPD officers have died from 9/11-related illness.

The Zadroga Act will expire in the coming year unless Congress Acts. If that happens, those who have become ill and the untold numbers expected to fall ill will be cut off from this essential federal assistance. For more information Contact: Tim Burn 202 230-7167 tburn@iaff.org.

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