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    Barasch & McGarry Secures Award for Missouri Firefighter Who Traveled 1,200 Miles to Volunteer at Ground Zero 

    By Michael Barasch

    Clinton R. traveled more than 1,200 miles to support New York City’s recovery after 9/11. A firefighter with the Central Platte Fire Protection District in Missouri, Clinton wanted to contribute his experience as an emergency responder. He joined thousands of other responders from across the United States – volunteers who went to Ground Zero to […]

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    First Victims of Ground Zero Illnesses Were Union Responders

    By Michael Barasch

    There were more than 100,000 union first responders who deployed to Lower Manhattan on and after 9/11, working tirelessly for weeks and then months on search-and-rescue and recovery operations. At the time, government officials claimed the air near Ground Zero was safe to breathe. Yet within weeks, many responders had developed “World Trade Center cough” […]

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    20th Anniversary of Ground Zero Cleanup Completion Approaches

    By Michael Barasch

    May 31, 2022 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the end of the cleanup at the World Trade Center site. Ground Zero burned for more than eight months after 9/11, as more than 100,000 union responders conducted search-and-rescue and recovery operations, starting New York City on the difficult and heroic path to recovery. These responders’  […]

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    Barasch & McGarry Recognizes 47th Anniversary of the 1975 New York Telephone Exchange Fire

    By Michael Barasch

    February 27 marks the 47th anniversary of the New York Telephone exchange fire. Just after midnight on February 27, 1975, a short circuit in the basement cable vault at the New York Telephone Company switching center started a fire. At the time, fifteen employees were working in the building, located at Second Avenue and Thirteenth […]

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    Firefighters and Mesothelioma: Four Important Questions to Answer

    By Devin Golden

    Firefighters risk their lives daily to help save others from danger. They bravely run into harm’s way while others flee in the opposite direction. This selfless act defines their profession. Another part of the profession — that often isn’t so obvious — is their risk of developing mesothelioma. Almost all buildings — both residential and […]

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  • Were You There?

    If you were in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or in the 8 months that followed, you may be eligible for compensation through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Call us at 888-351-9421 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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    Firefighter, 9/11 Responder, and Prolific Author Dennis Smith Passes Away at 81

    By Michael Barasch

    Dennis Smith, a longtime New York City firefighter and bestselling author, passed away on January 21. He was 81. Raised on the East Side of Manhattan, Smith joined the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) in 1963, when he was assigned to Engine Company 292 in Queens. In 1966, Smith was transferred to the busiest […]

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