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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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    Barasch & McGarry Helps Keep Essential Workers on the Job

    By Michael Barasch

    COVID-19 has confronted first responders and front-line health care workers with an unprecedented crisis, threatening the health and safety of essential workers who have carried New York and the entire nation on their backs, day after day. Throughout the pandemic, Barasch & McGarry has been honored to work tirelessly to support first responders and medical […]

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    Wishing Everyone A Meaningful Father’s Day

    By Michael Barasch

    Father’s Day is an emotional day for all – whether you are celebrating a living father, lost father, or any other type of father. Michael Barasch joined Shelli Sonstein along with Bridget Gormley and Rob Tilearcio who both lost their fathers to the 9/11 toxins. As Shelli always says, she wants these heroes to be […]

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