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    First Active-Duty FDNY 9/11 Hero Succumbs to COVID-19

    By Michael Barasch

    9/11 devastated the New York City Fire Department, which lost 343 heroes in the wreckage of the horrific terrorist attacks. In the nearly two decades since then, hundreds of FDNY firefighters and emergency responders have succumbed to 68 different types of cancer and many respiratory diseases resulting from exposure to Ground Zero toxins. And now, […]

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  • Am I a “Responder” or a “Survivor”

    9/11 InjuriesVictim Compensation FundWTC Health Program

    Am I a “Responder” or a “Survivor”?

    By Lila Nordstrom

    Not everybody is familiar with the terminology that the WTC Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund use to classify the populations they serve. Here’s a quick primer: General Responders: This category is for people who worked or, in some cases, volunteered down at the WTC site on September 11th or during any part of the […]

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  • Zadroga Act

    Zadroga Act Crusader Gets Keys to NYC

    By Michael Barasch

    On January 9, Mayor Bill de Blasio presented former FDNY firefighter Ray Pfeifer the keys to the city at City Hall in honor of his tenacious advocacy of Zadroga Act reauthorization. Pfeifer, currently battling stage-four renal cancer, played a pivotal role in persuading Congress to continue health benefits for sick 9/11 responders until the year […]

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  • 9/11 Injuries

    Carmel FDNY Firefighter Dies of 9/11-Related Illness

    By Michael Barasch

    It is with great sadness that we at Barasch & McGarry acknowledge the passing in January of another brave 9/11 responder who succumbed to 9/11-related illness at all-too-young an age. The Journal News recently reported that Thomas John Kelly, 58, an FDNY firefighter for 17 years in the Bronx and a resident of Carmel, New […]

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  • Zadroga Act

    How to Apply for the WTC Health Program

    By Michael Barasch

    If you suspect you are suffering from a physical or mental condition because of exposure to the hazards resulting from the 9/11 attacks, you may be eligible for free healthcare under the World Trade Center Health Program. Even if you currently have no symptoms, you may be entitled to free long-term health monitoring and clinical […]

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