Today marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. On this day each year, our hearts grow heavier as we reflect upon the innocent lives that were lost. But we also feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and admiration for our first responders, whose acts of bravery and selflessness are a light in the darkness for the rest of us. Today we honor the 343 firefighters and 60 NYPD and PAPD Police Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11, and we renew our commitment to support the families they left behind.
Those who perished on 9/11 were not the only victims of the attack. As the 9/11 community knows, during the past 16 years, a health crisis has emerged amongst rescue workers, downtown office workers and residents, teachers and students, and workers who were exposed to toxins emanating from Ground Zero. As advocates for these victims, we see their suffering first-hand every day. Thus, on this day especially, we renew our commitment to them, and remind them that they are not alone.
It has been our mission to inform those who suffer from 9/11-related illnesses that there is help available. We are working with partners in the community to spread the message about the legal rights and health care available through the Victim Compensation Fund and the WTC Health Program.
We remain committed to the important work that still lies ahead.
With sincere respect and warm regards,
The attorneys and staff at Barasch & McGarry