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Zadroga ActWTC Health Program

Free Health Care and Compensation Available for Certified WTC-linked Illnesses

September 27, 2018 | Bill Romaka


As the former UFA Local 94 Health & Safety Officer, and the IAFF’s 1st District Vice President, I have served on many Committees protecting our firefighters and first responders. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, firefighters , police officers and other responders came to NYC to help the FDNY during its darkest hours, at great personal risk. Congress passed the 9/11 Zadroga Health & Compensation Act to provide free health care and compensation to all firefighters, responders and EMTs who were exposed to the WTC toxins, not just members of the FDNY. Active and retired members of your fire or police department who participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the WTC, are all eligible.

Illnesses Linked to WTC Toxic Exposure

  • 68 Cancers (including skin cancers, prostate cancer, lung cancer, thyroid cancer) and many respiratory illnesses (including asthma, sinusitis, sleep apnea, and GERD) have been linked to the 9/11 toxic dust
  • Over 1,700 FDNY members, and thousands of other responders have been diagnosed with cancer (there is a presumption that it was caused by the WTC toxic exposure)
  • Over 1,000 responders have died from their cancer since 9/11

Benefits Available to all Responders who have been Diagnosed

  • More than $10 Billion Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) established for responders certified with 9/11 illnesses
  • Over $3 billion has been awarded to 14,000+ people
  • WTC Health Care Program created to provide free health care
  • To register with the Health Program call 1-888-982-4748 or download an application at

There is help for retired responders who are battling 9/11 illnesses, and for families who have lost loved ones to 9/11 illnesses. But, many don’t realize that their illnesses have been linked to the WTC toxins (in large part because of the EPA’s false pronouncement that “the air is safe).” They are unaware of benefits available to them.

I am now associated with the law firm Barasch & McGarry, who were at the forefront of the fight to enact and renew the Zadroga Act. Managing partner Mike Barasch represented NYPD Det. James Zadroga, whose death from pulmonary fibrosis was the first to be officially linked to the WTC toxins.

Also on their staff is retired FDNY Deputy Chief Richard Alles who made countless trips to Washington, lobbying for the Zadroga Act while on the board of the UFOA, Local 854. Rich and I are happy to talk to your current and retired members confidentially about the health care and compensation that they deserve.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Additional information about the health and compensation programs is available at the firm’s website

We would also be happy to visit your area if needed. The deadline to register has been extended. Please help us spread this message, especially to your retirees living outside of the tri-state area who might not otherwise know about their rights.

Thank you for looking after your members’ health, safety and general well-being. I have attached some information that may be helpful.

Fraternally yours,

Bill Romaka

WTC Health & Compensation Outreach Coordinator
Office 212-385-8000
Cell 917-834-1414

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