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WASHINGTON — Comedian Jon Stewart apologized to 9/11 first responders Wednesday saying it was embarrassing that they had to plead with Congress to renew their health and compensation coverage.
Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart joined several dozen 9/11 first responders on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning to push Congress to pass a permanent extension of a bill to compensate those who became sick after working at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
WASHINGTON — Comedian Jon Stewart rallied 9/11 first responders Wednesday by saying sorry.
“I am here today basically to apologize to all these men and women, that you had to come down here today,” Stewart said. “I am embarrassed for our country. I am embarrassed for New York.”
WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — Retired New York City firefighter Ray Pfeifer worked on the pile at Ground Zero. Now he’s working to stay alive, living with advanced kidney cancer since 2009.
“I am the luckiest Stage 4 cancer guy out there,” he said. “I can’t complain. I have 14 more years than my friends did.”
Soon after the horrific destruction of the World Trade Center towers 14 years ago, bumper stickers abounded in parallel with the nation’s grief. “Never Forget,” one proclaimed with great resolve. “We Will Always Remember,” promised another.
On the 14th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack against the U.S. in history, many first responders are pleading for the continuation of a program that pays for injuries sustained while responding to the call of duty and the illnesses they developed afterward.
Nicholas Poliseno uttered this statement calmly to Downtown Express after a press conference last week where elected officials pushed for the permanent reauthorization of the Zadroga Act, the 9/11 health bill which expires for patients in October.