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


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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  • "Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson handled everything professionally and with patience. They always had time to answer all my questions and did what they promised. Thanks esp to Brian Calamaris Lee London, and Mariya Atanasova. Thank you." - William Collins, FDNY

  • "If I could give them six stars I would...don't even bother talking to anyone else concerning 9/11. The whole team worked night and day to deliver an outstanding settlement. They are honest, hard working and extremely professional. Just make the one phone call and let them do the rest." - Les Margulis, resident in the exposure zone

  • "I had a very good experience with Michael and Mariya. They made the process stress free. I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking assistance with 9/11 related illnesses." - JE Kirwan, worked in the exposure zone

  • "The people at this firm were just great. They were concern with making sure I was taken care of in every way possible. When I was given an award Mr. Barasch didn't think it was a fair amount and appealed the decision which got me a larger award. I am very satisfied with everything they did for me in the past and are willing to do for me and my family in the future." - Bob Wiecezak, FDNY-Retired

  • "Excellent law firm. Lee London and his staff were very responsive and always followed up with phone calls or emails. This firm is a strong example of what caring and personable lawyers are all about." - Letitia Egan, wife of client, volunteer in the exposure zone

  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation

    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

    Register For Compensation

Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.

Let a knowledgeable attorney help you figure it out

A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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