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

June 17, 2022 | 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 Jack McCauley – had been deployed to the World Trade Center site on and after 9/11.

We are honored to represent the families of two of the deceased firefighters.

Exposure to Ground Zero toxins increases the risk of developing 68 types of cancers and many respiratory illnesses. 

Nearly 1,200 9/11 first responders and survivors have passed away as a result of Ground Zero-related illnesses, including 287 firefighters. 

For people who develop 9/11-related illnesses and their families, there are resources available from the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). 

These programs offer free, comprehensive medical care for 9/11-related illnesses and tax-free awards for pain and suffering, lost earnings, and benefits for surviving spouses and family members.

Yet more than 300,000 9/11 first responders and survivors have not registered with the VCF. It is our duty to spread the word.

If you were in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or during the eight months that followed, you are eligible to register with the 9/11 VCF – even if you are currently healthy – and enroll in the WTC Health Program if you develop cancer or respiratory illness from exposure to Ground Zero toxins.

Barasch & McGarry, Lawyers for the 9/11 Community, represents more than 30,000 members of the 9/11 community.

Visit or call 212-385-8000 today.

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