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    Four Firefighters Died of 9/11-Related Illnesses in Four Days

    By Michael Barasch

    In late May, four former FDNY firefighters passed away of 9/11-related illnesses within four days – demonstrating that more than 20 years after the terrorist attacks, the toxic dust is still claiming the lives of 9/11 first responders and survivors. The former FDNY members who passed away – Michael Verzi, Robert Reynolds, Vincent Mandala and […]

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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 Honors NYPD Detective James Zadroga’s Birthday

    By Michael Barasch

    Today, February 8, 2022, would have been NYPD Detective James Zadroga’s 51st birthday. A native of Arlington, New Jersey, and Barasch & McGarry client, Detective Zadroga was a 9/11 first responder whose premature death demonstrated that the air near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan was toxic. His illness provided crucial evidence linking Ground Zero toxins […]

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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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  • 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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    9/11 Hero and Educator Passes After Battle with Cancer

    By Michael Barasch

    The 9/11 community includes half a million people, from first responders to Lower Manhattan office workers to teachers and students at area schools. Everyone breathed in the 9/11 toxic dust, increasing their risk of 68 different types of cancer and dozens of respiratory illnesses. Sadly, we recently learned of the passing of retired NYPD detective […]

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