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  • #91
    Originally posted by Dickey View Post
    So Ray.....I'm confused.

    How can then NOT let families visit the site?

    Would they be arrested or removed? How they hell can they enforce that???
    do to the work being done, there was no way the P.A. would let the families gone down there. now that the P.A. is so behind with the work P.A. officials had to give access to the pit. and yes you would get locked up for trespassing.
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    • #92
      Wow, I can't believe they would do such a thing. Not to even honor their lost or let the families get together. I would think if they didn't let them, they would have a riot on their hands.

      Thanks for the info Ray, and the updates too. It's nice to have an inside scoop that isn't on the national news.

      Stay safe bro!
      Jason Knecht
      Firefighter/EMT
      Township Fire Dept., Inc.
      Eau Claire, WI

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      • #93
        July 25, 2008 -- The city scored a double dose of post-9/11 assistance from the feds yesterday - indemnity for future judgments won by Ground Zero responders and a $30 million payment for health services related to the attacks. Protection against potential litigation by cops, firefighters, city employees and construction workers is a big win for Mayor Bloomberg, who privately lobbied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a revised 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. "This bill recognizes that 9/11 was an attack on the nation, not just New York City, and that caring for the sick and compensating those harmed is a national responsibility," Bloomberg said last night. The move comes as the Centers for Disease Control announced it would give $30 million to as many as three Big Apple hospitals or clinics to treat downtown residents and students sickened by toxic debris. Julie Gerberding, director of the Atlanta-based federal agency, called the amount "our good-faith estimate, and if we're wrong, we will adjust."


        Meanwhile, it was announced that the NYPD would oversee security operations at Ground Zero, with 600 officers to patrol the site and screen all vehicle and foot traffic. The Port Authority, which relented in its turf war with the Police Department, will look after the PATH train station and be responsible for installing and maintaining security equipment
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        FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
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        • #94
          Cost of 9/11 memorial and museum at Ground Zero expected to hit $1 billion

          August 15, 2008 -- The cost of the September 11 memorial and museum at Ground Zero is expected to soar past $1 billion. That's a hefty 65% increase over the $610 million price tag that planners have repeatedly cited for the last two years. Budget-busting delays on other interrelated projects at the 16-acre site have jacked up the cost of the National Sept. 11th Memorial & Museum and yanked back the timetable for completion, insiders say. The bottom line: The museum may not open until 2013 or 2014, and it will take a miracle to fully open the memorial plaza that will honor nearly 3,000 innocents slaughtered at the World Trade Center in time for the 10th anniversary in 2011. Several survivors of the terror attack and relatives of the dead are starting to wonder if they'll even be around for the ribbon cuttings. "I'm 73, and I'm not sure I'll live long enough to see the memorial open," said Jack Lynch, who helped carry the body of his firefighter son, Michael, (Engine 40), out of the rubble of the south tower. "Lots of older people who lost loved ones are simply not going to make it." Sekou Siby, who worked as a cook at Windows on the World, where 73 workers died, said, "We don't understand the cost overruns or the delays. All we understand is there's a big expensive hole in the ground where a memorial should be." Asked about the $1 billion sticker price, Stephen Sigmund, the Port Authority's chief spokesman, declined to address the cost specifics. At stake is Reflecting Absence, the heart and soul of Ground Zero, where cascading waterfalls will thunder into two massive pools in the footprints of the twin towers and a subterranean museum will display 9/11 artifacts and relate the horrors of the day. The issue of who will pay - and how much - flared up at a Port Authority board meeting yesterday when Chairman Anthony Coscia was asked about a jump in the price of building the 8-acre remembrance. Noting that the agency is already ponying up $150 million for the memorial's infrastructure, plus a $45 million contingency fund, he slammed the door on providing more cash. The $195 million, Coscia said, is the "total sum and finality of our financial commitment to the project." Asked about Coscia's comments, Lynn Rasic, a vice president of the memorial, said, "If there are additional costs, we would expect to work with the Port Authority, which is managing the construction, to minimize them and identify funding to cover them." Where does the money come from? The memorial has raised $350 million, including $70 million for planning and development; the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. has kicked in $317.4 million, including a $45 million reserve fund; the Empire State Development Corp. has coughed up another $80 million. Add in the Port Authority's $195 million and the tally is $942.4 million so far. The $1 billion threshold is crossed because the original budget was based on completing the project by 2009, and skyrocketing prices for steel, concrete and crude oil will force up costs by $25 million to $65 million for each year of delay.
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          FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
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          • #95
            and

            August 15, 2008 -- Facing the prospect of rapidly rising costs to rebuild Ground Zero, officials at the Port Authority yesterday said the bi-state agency won't contribute a penny more than the $195 million they've already pledged toward construction of the 9/11 Memorial. After a massive redesign two years ago, the memorial's foundation, led by Mayor Bloomberg, was left to cover the remaining $530 million for construction of the eight-acre, tree-lined plaza, giant reflecting pools and a museum beneath the plaza.
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            FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
            FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
            FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
            FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
            FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
            FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
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            FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

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            • #96
              so

              August 15, 2008 -- Families of Sept. 11 victims were rebuffed again yesterday in their attempt to hold Saudi Arabia and its rulers legally responsible for the terror attacks.A Manhattan federal appeals court backed a ruling by a lower court judge over two years ago that threw out a lawsuit by the families, including that of a former FBI agent, seeking damages for the thousands of deaths caused by the attacks. In a ruling by a three-judge panel, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, four Saudi princes, a Saudi banker and the Saudi commission responsible for disbursing funds to charities were protected from lawsuits under U.S. law. The lawsuit was filed against the Saudis, Osama bin Laden, various banks and suspected terrorists as a class action. The ruling only throws out the case against the Saudis. Under the sovereign immunity doctrine, foreign governments and officials can't be sued in the United States except for damages in auto accidents and other torts, commercial activity or state sponsorship of terrorism. The appeals panel said none of those exceptions applied in the Sept. 11 lawsuit. In particular, the terrorism exception isn't relevant to the Saudis because "The Kingdom has not been designated a state sponsor of terrorism by the United States," said the court. Jerry S. Goldman, the Manhattan attorney for the family of former FBI terror expert John P. O'Neill, who died at the World Trade Center where he was security director, strongly disagreed with the decision. "If the driver from the Saudi embassy sideswipes somebody on the Long Island Expressway you can sue, but if they help people kill 3,000 people in lower Manhattan and a field in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon ... they can walk away from it," said Goldman. Goldman said the plaintiffs will appeal and believe the Saudis gave financial support to the hijackers. Michael Kellogg, the attorney for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, couldn't be reached. Sally Regenhard of the Bronx, whose probationary firefighter son Christian died at the trade center, said the ruling will keep the public from learning about the Saudi connection to the terrorists.
              ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
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              FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
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              • #97
                August 21, 2008 -- Government investigators have issued a report refuting conspiracy theories that a skyscraper next to the twin towers was brought down by explosives. The report says that fires destroyed World Trade Center 7 on September 11. Scientists with the National Institute of Standards and Technology say their three-year investigation of the collapse of the 47-story building was the first known instance of fire causing the total failure of a skyscraper. The investigators also conclude that the collapse of the nearby twin towers broke the city water main, leaving the sprinkler system in WTC 7 without water. The collapse of building 7 has long been the subject of conspiracy theories that something else brought down the tower.
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                LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
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                • #98
                  September 1, 2008 -- Hundreds of fallen heroes still aren't getting the recognition they deserve, nearly seven years after 9/11, two politicians charged Sunday. City Councilman David Weprin (D-Queens) and state Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) want the medical examiner to identify first responders who died as a result of their work at Ground Zero and reclassify them as victims of the terrorist attacks. "Those individuals who spent many days, weeks and months at Ground Zero are heroes, and they should be recognized as such," Weprin said. Adams introduced a bill in the Senate that would force the medical examiner to reclassify the deaths. Those who died from respiratory ailments and other conditions in the aftermath of the attacks are listed as having died natural deaths. Declaring that they died in the line of duty would entitle their families to additional death benefits.
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                  FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
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                  • #99
                    September 4, 2008-- After Kenny Johannemann shot himself, relatives found a letter on White House stationery in the one-room apartment he shared only with his cat.

                    October 31, 2001
                    Dear Kenny,
                    We send you our heartfelt thanks and the thanks of a grateful Nation for your selfless efforts in responding to the tragic events of Sept. 11. Your actions in the midst of this national tragedy were truly heroic. Your saving a man who was on fire by dragging him out of an elevator and getting him to an ambulance reflected the best of the American spirit.

                    Sincerely,
                    George Bush and Laura Bush


                    Johannemann was a part-time janitor assigned to clean rest rooms in the north tower on 9/11 and was, indeed, credited with saving a man. His family says that day changed him, that he became withdrawn and began drinking heavily, falling in and out of work. Twelve days before the seventh anniversary of the day he saved a life, Johannemann took his own. The police then vouchered another letter, the suicide note the 43-year-old wrote on Sunday afternoon, shortly before the 5 p.m. deadline his landlord had set for him to vacate for nonpayment of rent.

                    "The reason I killed myself was 'cause I was getting evicted and I can't handle being homeless. I also am very depressed since I was in 9/11. I've been drinking way too much and it's ruined my life. I've lost friends and family over drinking and I'm very lonely. There is nothing left for me to be happy about other than my cat. Sounds weird, but it's true. I just wanted to say sorry 2 any people I ever hurt in my life. I really was a good person when I wasn't drinking. I hope people remember that!

                    Goodbye!!!

                    Kenny Johannemann"


                    On a separate sheet was a plea: "Please find my cat a home. His name is Papa-Boy and he's a very special cat." The police brought Papa-Boy to the 122nd Precinct stationhouse on Staten Island. The tabby was trembling when one of Johannemann's cousins, Gerald Maya, picked him up. Maya also collected Johannemann's cell phone. He dialed every number in it to pass on the tragic news. "Everybody I called on his cell phone said, 'I would have given him the money. The guy was beautiful.'" Maya said Wednesday. "Nothing bad on this man." Maya had offered Johannemann a place to stay, as had another cousin who lived nearby. Johannemann had declined. "I really can't tell you why," Maya said. The other cousin, Joseph Maya, spoke of the Johannemann before 9/11; a man who seemed content in his work and who delighted in his extended family. "He had a job and he was happy," Joseph Maya said. Johannemann often said he might have been killed on 9/11 had he not stopped to get a cup of coffee just before the plane hit. Otherwise, he might have been on an elevator when a jet crashed and flaming fuel poured down the shaft. Instead, he was waiting for an elevator when he heard a huge bang and the doors burst open. A man tumbled out on fire and Johannemann helped him to an ambulance. "He was burned up bad but he was still alive," Johannemann told People magazine. In the aftermath, Johannemann appeared on the "Jenny Jones Show" and received the letter from the White House. Privately, the hero became a reclusive alcoholic. "He just started backing away and not bothering with anyone," Joseph Maya recalled. He avoided family, even on the holidays he had always loved. He seemed convinced he was friendless and alone. "He said he had nobody, but meanwhile everybody loved him," Joseph Maya said. In May, he moved into a single room on Rome Ave. He landed a job as a custodian at a Manhattan museum two weeks ago, but he had fallen two months behind on his rent. The landlord, Anthony Mallazzi, told him to be out by 5 p.m. Sunday. As the deadline neared, one of Mallazzi's sons heard a sound like a popping paper bag. Mallazzi arrived home soon afterward and went to see if his tenant had moved out. The door was open. "I said, 'Kenny? Kenny?'" Mallazzi recalled. Mallazzi entered and saw Johannemann. Nearby lay the two letters, the one on White House stationery and the suicide note. "He was a 9/11 hero," Mallazzi said Wednesday. "He saved a person on 9/11." Mallazzi paused. "Who the hell's to blame?" Mallazzi said. "I feel a little guilty. Everybody feels a little guilty." On Wednesday, Johannemann was waked at a Brooklyn funeral home. Papa-Boy was at the cousin's house, cowering in corners, but beginning to venture out. "At least he stopped shaking," Gerald Maya said.
                    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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                    LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                    Charleston 9
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                    • The suffering of 9/11 will continue for many, many years to come............
                      I.A.C.O.J. Charter Member
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                      "Not for fame or reward,Not for place or rank. Not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity. But in simple obedience to duty as they understood it. These men suffered,sacrificed,dared all, and died. Let us never forget our fallen friends."

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                      • NEW YORK, September 4, 2008 -- Family of former FDNY firefighter battling Multiple Myeloma makes urgent plea for public help. Firefighter Roy Chelsen battled bravely for us on September 11, 2001 -- but now he is gravely ill and desperately needs our help. Chelsen, then a member of the FDNY Engine Company #28 on September 11, 2001 -- was among the first firefighters to respond to the terror attacks at The World Trade Center, and helped save many lives. But for the last three years, Roy Chelsen has been battling multiple myeloma, an aggressive bone marrow cancer. He has undergone chemotherapy treatments, surgery and numerous transfusion therapies. Now after one year in remission, Chelsen needs a bone marrow transplant from a matching donor to save his own life. Born in Brooklyn, Roy Chelsen and his immediate family lived in Staten Island before settling in Warwick, Orange County, NY. He is 48 year old and married, with one son.
                        We are asking that everyone -- from friends, residents, blood donors, and members of the FDNY, NYPD and the Port Authority to please step out and give blood in support of retired firefighter Roy Chelsen. Bone marrow cancer patients require blood transfusions because treatment kills both cancer cells and healthy, blood-forming cells. People can donate blood at the following drives, or at their nearest location by calling 1-800-933-2566, or by visiting www.nybloodcenter.org. To find out if you are a potential bone marrow match for Roy Chelsen, you must register with the National Marrow Donor Program at the sites listed below. This one-time registration is free. A swab will be taken of the inside of your mouth.
                        Blood and Bone Marrow Drives for Roy Chelsen
                        New York City Fire Department - Engine 28 / Ladder 11
                        Friday, September 5, 2008 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
                        222 East 2nd Street, New York, NY
                        Warwick Fire Department Goodwill Hook & Ladder Company Ladies Auxiliary
                        Thursday, September 11, 2008 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
                        Church Street Extension, Warwick, NY
                        Westerleigh Community Blood Drive at Zion Lutheran Church
                        Saturday, September 20, 2008 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
                        505 Watchogue Road, Staten Island, NY
                        Each donated pint of blood can save as many as three lives. All donors receive free mini-medical exams on site and information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 with parental consent (in NY) or 17 (in NJ), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. Inquiries are also welcomed from organizations who would like to schedule a blood drive.
                        New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the nation's largest non-profit, community-based blood centers. NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to patients in greater New York since 1964. NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein National Cord Blood Center, the world's largest public cord blood bank. NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion, and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals and transfusion medicine physicians.
                        NYC Contact: Leslie Gonzalez
                        (212) 570-3034 CELL: (646) 342-3038
                        [email protected]
                        Orange County, NY: Lanette Perez-Villarroel
                        (914) 784-4635 CELL: (646) 739-1852
                        [email protected]
                        Brookyn/Staten Island: Ellen Kramer
                        (718) 797-7808
                        [email protected]
                        SOURCE New York Blood Center
                        http://www.nybloodcenter.org
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                        FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
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                        • Originally posted by E40FDNYL35 View Post
                          September 4, 2008-- After Kenny Johannemann shot himself, relatives found a letter on White House stationery in the one-room apartment he shared only with his cat.

                          October 31, 2001
                          Dear Kenny,
                          We send you our heartfelt thanks and the thanks of a grateful Nation for your selfless efforts in responding to the tragic events of Sept. 11. Your actions in the midst of this national tragedy were truly heroic. Your saving a man who was on fire by dragging him out of an elevator and getting him to an ambulance reflected the best of the American spirit.

                          Sincerely,
                          George Bush and Laura Bush


                          Johannemann was a part-time janitor assigned to clean rest rooms in the north tower on 9/11 and was, indeed, credited with saving a man. His family says that day changed him, that he became withdrawn and began drinking heavily, falling in and out of work. Twelve days before the seventh anniversary of the day he saved a life, Johannemann took his own. The police then vouchered another letter, the suicide note the 43-year-old wrote on Sunday afternoon, shortly before the 5 p.m. deadline his landlord had set for him to vacate for nonpayment of rent.

                          "The reason I killed myself was 'cause I was getting evicted and I can't handle being homeless. I also am very depressed since I was in 9/11. I've been drinking way too much and it's ruined my life. I've lost friends and family over drinking and I'm very lonely. There is nothing left for me to be happy about other than my cat. Sounds weird, but it's true. I just wanted to say sorry 2 any people I ever hurt in my life. I really was a good person when I wasn't drinking. I hope people remember that!

                          Goodbye!!!

                          Kenny Johannemann"


                          On a separate sheet was a plea: "Please find my cat a home. His name is Papa-Boy and he's a very special cat." The police brought Papa-Boy to the 122nd Precinct stationhouse on Staten Island. The tabby was trembling when one of Johannemann's cousins, Gerald Maya, picked him up. Maya also collected Johannemann's cell phone. He dialed every number in it to pass on the tragic news. "Everybody I called on his cell phone said, 'I would have given him the money. The guy was beautiful.'" Maya said Wednesday. "Nothing bad on this man." Maya had offered Johannemann a place to stay, as had another cousin who lived nearby. Johannemann had declined. "I really can't tell you why," Maya said. The other cousin, Joseph Maya, spoke of the Johannemann before 9/11; a man who seemed content in his work and who delighted in his extended family. "He had a job and he was happy," Joseph Maya said. Johannemann often said he might have been killed on 9/11 had he not stopped to get a cup of coffee just before the plane hit. Otherwise, he might have been on an elevator when a jet crashed and flaming fuel poured down the shaft. Instead, he was waiting for an elevator when he heard a huge bang and the doors burst open. A man tumbled out on fire and Johannemann helped him to an ambulance. "He was burned up bad but he was still alive," Johannemann told People magazine. In the aftermath, Johannemann appeared on the "Jenny Jones Show" and received the letter from the White House. Privately, the hero became a reclusive alcoholic. "He just started backing away and not bothering with anyone," Joseph Maya recalled. He avoided family, even on the holidays he had always loved. He seemed convinced he was friendless and alone. "He said he had nobody, but meanwhile everybody loved him," Joseph Maya said. In May, he moved into a single room on Rome Ave. He landed a job as a custodian at a Manhattan museum two weeks ago, but he had fallen two months behind on his rent. The landlord, Anthony Mallazzi, told him to be out by 5 p.m. Sunday. As the deadline neared, one of Mallazzi's sons heard a sound like a popping paper bag. Mallazzi arrived home soon afterward and went to see if his tenant had moved out. The door was open. "I said, 'Kenny? Kenny?'" Mallazzi recalled. Mallazzi entered and saw Johannemann. Nearby lay the two letters, the one on White House stationery and the suicide note. "He was a 9/11 hero," Mallazzi said Wednesday. "He saved a person on 9/11." Mallazzi paused. "Who the hell's to blame?" Mallazzi said. "I feel a little guilty. Everybody feels a little guilty." On Wednesday, Johannemann was waked at a Brooklyn funeral home. Papa-Boy was at the cousin's house, cowering in corners, but beginning to venture out. "At least he stopped shaking," Gerald Maya said.
                          Well, that was rather heart-wrenching.

                          Rest peacefully in the arms of the angels, Kenny. I hope it was a comfort to you to be lovingly welcomed Home by those who went before you.
                          September 11th - Never Forget

                          I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                          Sheri
                          IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
                          Honorary Flatlander

                          RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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                          • Geez....that story sucked big time. The sad part is, there have been lots of stories just like that, and will be more from that day. Very sad indeed. Stories like that make me so mad I just want to start tipping stuff over.
                            RIP Kenny, we all know you did a wonderful thing, thank you!

                            I would love to give a pint of my blood if I could figure out how to freeze it or something and ship it UPS!!



                            Oh, and Ray.....thank you sooo much for giving the rest of the world these updates like this. God knows the national news wouldn't do it. Thanks to you, we are all a little more enlightened. Thank you!
                            Jason Knecht
                            Firefighter/EMT
                            Township Fire Dept., Inc.
                            Eau Claire, WI

                            IACOJ - Director of Cheese and Whine
                            http://www.cheddarvision.tv/
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                            • As the seventh anniversary of the 9-11-01, the World Trade Center Medical Working Group of New York City on Thursday released the first of planned annual reports related to the aftermath of the attacks. The group reported that more than 10,500 of the rescue and recovery personnel have received federally funded treatment for physical conditions. More than 5,500 workers on the site have received federally funded treatment for mental health conditions, and thousands more have been treated privately. And more than 2,700 people have sought treatment at New York City public hospitals for similar physical and mental conditions. It is not yet known how many deaths can be directly attributed to exposure, but the WTC Responder Fatality Investigation program has identified more than 360 deaths so far among responders and volunteers.

                              - - -

                              5% -- Percentage of New York City firefighters with respiratory problems before 9/11

                              25% --Percentage with respiratory problems two to four years later

                              SOURCE: 2008 Annual Report on 9/11 Health by the World Trade Center Medical Working Group of New York City
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                              • Very sobering numbers ....
                                September 11th - Never Forget

                                I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                                Sheri
                                IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
                                Honorary Flatlander

                                RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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