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    9/11 Hero and Educator Passes After Battle with Cancer

    By Michael Barasch

    The 9/11 community includes half a million people, from first responders to Lower Manhattan office workers to teachers and students at area schools. Everyone breathed in the 9/11 toxic dust, increasing their risk of 68 different types of cancer and dozens of respiratory illnesses. Sadly, we recently learned of the passing of retired NYPD detective […]

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    9/11 NYPD Hero Passes Away Weeks After Cancer Diagnosis

    By Michael Barasch

    NYPD Sergeant Cornelius J. Douglas, 56, of West Nyack, passed away on June 24 of pancreatic cancer he developed as a result of his exposure to Ground Zero toxins as a 9/11 first responder – only a few weeks after he was diagnosed. Sergeant Douglas joined the New York City Transit Police Department in 1997, […]

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    9/11 Hero to Lead New York City’s Office of Emergency Management

    By Michael Barasch

    John Scrivani, a retired NYPD sergeant and 9/11 responder, was recently named Commissioner of New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM). Scrivani was a police officer for twenty years, and he was among the many who responded to the September 11th terrorist attacks. After arriving at Ground Zero, he helped pull a fellow officer from the […]

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    Barasch & McGarry Blows Whistle on Corrupt Attorney Who Stole $1 Million From 9/11 Disabled Cop

    By Michael Barasch

    NYPD veteran John Ferreyra figured he could trust his longtime friend Gus Vila, a former police officer who had since become an attorney, and who handled Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) claims. After the 9/11 attacks, Officer Ferreyra spent 12 hour days for 2 months assisting in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. He […]

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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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  • Nassau County Renames Park in Honor of 9/11 Hero Det. Luis Alvarez

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    Nassau County Renames Park in Honor of 9/11 Hero Luis Alvarez

    By Michael Barasch

    A Nassau County park has been dedicated to Luis Alvarez, the cancer-stricken NYPD detective who in the months before his 2019 death became the face of the movement to secure permanent health and death benefits for thousands of 9/11 first responders. The former Terrell Avenue Park in Oceanside, located less than half a mile from […]

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