Written by: Richie Alles
Many people seem to forget that New York’s World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists not once but twice. The first time was in 1993, in what seemed to be a more innocent era.
Simply stated, we as Americans didn’t want to think about terrorism on our own shores.
I believe most people can recall exactly where they were on September 11, 2001, when the second terror attack occurred.
That day, thousands of innocent souls died in the collapse, while first responders and so many others effectuated the largest civilian evacuation in American history, 25,000 were saved from the towers.
It wasn’t just the occupants of the Twin Towers, but also most of lower Manhattan, the office workers, financial industry workers, students and teachers at several local colleges, daycare to high schools, municipal workers, resident and so many more.
As of 2018 a staggering 20+ percent of the first responders who were there had already died.
We have to sound the alarm and take action. We need to do better at educating and informing people about the risks, so that they can register with the World Trade Center Health Program to get medical care that can lead to earlier detection. And registering early with the federal Victims Compensation Fund – because the process can take an extended period to document conclusively that you were there is critical.
If you are seeing this, help me get the word out to your friends and relatives who might have been there and been affected by the toxic stew that we were all breathing.
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