First Responders and Victims of 9/11
While people across North America are remembering what happened on 9/11 today, some politicians are using the event to leverage their public
appearance as well, some are not/have not been doing nearly enough in regards to taking care of the people directly impacted by the events.
I understand for most today is one for paying respect to tragedy, but I thought I would bring up an important subject relating to it.
Frankly, it doesn't get talked about enough.
On September 11, 2001 the World Trade Towers were both struck by a plane, and came crashing down to the streets of New
uilding materials during the destruction of the towers were
dispersed throughout the city, which were considered to be "wildly toxic" by UC Davis Professor Emeritus Thomas Cahill. Wiki lists the number of
contaminants in the air at over 2,500; including: asbestos, crystalline silica, lead, cadmium, polycyclic aromatic
Respiratory illnesses are common among first responders. *
David Rapp used to pride himself on being an active guy.
Then came September 11. Rapp spent several months at ground zero, drilling steel reinforcements into the “bathtub wall”—the slurry wall between
the pit and the Hudson River that prevented the water from flooding the area. Rapp’s illness began with a faint dizziness and shortness of breath,
but it steadily got worse.
Before long, he was useless to his former employers. They laid him off. Now Rapp is very, very sick. He’s suffering from severe pulmonary
disease—meaning he never gets enough air. He has frequent respiratory infections. He’s on twelve medicines. He carries an oxygen tank wherever he
goes. “I just went straight down,” Rapp says, his voice somewhere between a whisper and a rasp. “It’s real depressing.”
David Rapp is just one of many...
Dr. Larry Norton:*
Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs; Medical Director, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center; Norna S. Sarofim Chair in Clinical Oncology -
Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Norton is quoted as saying, "Why isn't the whole nation mobilizing to take care of the chronic health impact of this disaster?" in 2006, five
years after the disaster, in relation to the efforts taken to monitor health effects of the
Dr. Norton said another study done at Mount Sinai Hospital that found 70% of first responders became ill from inhaling toxic dust at ground zero
was a "wake up call."
This study was covered by the New York Times, which said:
Roughly 70 percent of nearly 10,000 workers tested at Mount Sinai from 2002 to 2004 reported that they had new or substantially worsened
respiratory problems while or after working at ground
This is something you would not expect to find in a first world nation. Criticism at times is understandable, but criticism for something like this
should be non-existent. Not because people can't talk about it, but because there should be nothing to criticize.
And while first responders are still suffering, politicians are still playing with their lives by not making funds available to help them through the
sickness they developed trying to save the lives of their fellow countrymen.
"H.R.847 - James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010
To amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist attack in New
York City on September 11, 2001, and for other purposes."
HR 847 received 60 Nay votes, 168 Abstain votes, and 206 Yays.
I hope the nays were on the basis that the act was not enough. Because it wasn't:
However, Dr. James Melius, administrator of the New York State Laborers’ Health and Safety Trust Fund and a peer reviewer of the firefighter
study, warned that it "would probably not be enough to persuade federal officials to include cancer as one of the diseases covered under the
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (H.R. 847) was called into law by President Obama in 2010 and it states that those who have
9/11 related health conditions may be eligible for health care under this
was a first responder (Fireman) that developed tongue and neck cancer. Since 2003 he and his wife have spent over $100,000 on
According to the Centers for Disease Control, which is administering the fund, there isn't enough scientific evidence linking cancer in first
responders to their exposure to toxic substances from the 9/11
Ralph and his wife has used up their savings, living paycheck to paycheck, and even though legislation was put in place to help first responders,
Ralph is not covered.
HR 847 was not enough.
I want to put this into contrast:
American Idol voting:
There was a record breaking 97.5 million votes cast for the season 7 finale, but since you can vote often it is not the number of people who voted
Read more: wiki.answers.com...
Almost 100 million calls were registered to choose the winner of a reality show. A singing show...
How many calls are being made to political representatives to state that people want care given to the first responders?
Think about it for a second....
I'm not sure where everyone stands on this issue. But in my opinion, these people should be given all their medical care free of charge. In fact,
some of the political pork projects could be taken away and given to the 9/11 responders and victim families, build them a retirement community while
you are at it.
They actually sacrificed a good number of years off their lives to try and save other peoples'. They deserve it.