Search Site
Menu
FREE CASE EVALUATION 888-351-9421
New Jersey Honors State Trooper Who Died from 9/11-related Illness

Last December, flags in New Jersey flew at half-staff to honor the memory of State Trooper Lt. William Fearon, who died at the age of 49 from illness related to toxic exposure at Ground Zero. For weeks after the towers collapsed, Fearon searched for survivors; on and off for the next two years, the trooper searched for remains. In May 2015, more than a decade later, this husband and father of three was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive brain cancer.

As mentioned in the Philly.com article on the trooper’s death, glioblastoma is almost always fatal in patients who experience its symptoms — difficulties with speech, muscle movement, reading, and thought — prior to diagnosis, because by then, the tumor is just too fully developed. It is impossible to say with certainty that 9/11 exposure caused Fearon’s cancer, because glioblastoma is too rare to correlate. But the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund currently recognizes more than 70 different types of cancer as presumptively related to fallout from the terrorist attacks.

At Rutgers’ Biomedical Health Sciences Center in Piscataway, N.J., where he received treatment, Fearon was known for his fighting spirit, captured succinctly in the “No Fear” wristbands he frequently handed out to fellow patients and visitors.

William Fearon’s story echoes the stories of so many first responder clients we’ve represented at Barasch & McGarry. They are the bravest and the finest. Their dedication to the fallen, and their determination to fight the illnesses they contracted as a result, demonstrate the very best virtues of our shared humanity. It is good to see Lt. Fearon’s home state give him the honor he deserved.

If you were exposed to Ground Zero toxicity following 9/11, you may be eligible for health screenings, treatment and other benefits. Contact the experienced attorneys at Barasch & McGarry who have represented 9/11 survivors from the outset. Call 888-351-9421 or contact our office online.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
Deadline Extended To Register Claims Must file within 2 years from the date your cancer was linked to WTC toxic dust
Our Attorneys
Testimonials
  • "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.
Contact Us

Fill out the form below with any questions or info on how to get your free consultation

Quick Contact Form