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    Barasch & McGarry Mourns as 343rd FDNY Member Passes Away from 9/11 Illness

    By Michael Barasch

    Michael Barasch, Managing Partner of Barasch & McGarry, released the following statement on learning that the 343rd FDNY member had passed away as a result of a 9/11-related illness. “Today, FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanaugh announced that we have lost our 343rd FDNY member to a 9/11 illness. “This tragic news was not unexpected, but it […]

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    300 FDNY Firefighters Lost to 9/11-Related Illness

    By Michael Barasch

    The number of FDNY firefighters who have died as a result of 9/11-related cancer or respiratory illness now exceeds 300, the FDNY Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) announced recently. Retired FDNY Battalion Chief Joseph McKie passed away in late September of colon cancer, which he developed as a result of his exposure to Ground Zero toxins […]

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    Local 2507 Fights for Family of 9/11 Paramedic

    By Michael Barasch

    Lt. Edith Torres was off-duty when the hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  The veteran FDNY EMS paramedic soon arrived at Ground Zero, where her partner from Battalion 49 in Astoria, paramedic Carlos Lillo, died searching the North Tower for his wife. Torres was promoted to lieutenant in 2005, […]

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    Three-Fourths of 9/11 FDNY Community Already Have Ground Zero-related Illness

    By Michael Barasch

    Almost three-fourths of the FDNY personnel who worked at Ground Zero on and after 9/11 have developed a long-term illness related to their exposure to airborne toxic chemicals at the World Trade Center site, according to a recent study.  Of the 15,200 FDNY firefighters, paramedics, and other workers who were there, at least 11,300 have […]

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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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    New York Officials Set Aside Partisanship to Protect Health Care for 9/11 Firefighters

    By Michael Barasch

    The toxic dust at Ground Zero after 9/11 affected every person who was exposed, regardless of age, race, religion, or politics. Thankfully, bipartisan majorities in Congress, as well as Presidents of both major political parties, have supported 9/11 first responders and survivors who became sick as a result of their exposure to these toxins. A […]

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