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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.
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.
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.
Jon Stewart and 100 first reponders to the September 11 attacks will call on Congress next week to permantently extend legislaiton that provides healthcare to those with 9/11 related illnesses.
WASHINGTON — Comedian Jon Stewart will help lobby Congress next week to continue a program that monitors thousands of people for health problems related to their work at Ground Zero, the senator leading the lobbying effort said Tuesday.
The father of James Zadroga delivered a stern message Thursday to any Washington politicians unwilling to extend the landmark bill named after his fallen 9/11 first-responder son.
Members of the congressional delegations from New York and New Jersey stood outside the World Trade Center on Thursday and called on Congress to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the federal legislation that provides benefits to 9/11 victims and first responders.
LOWER MANHATTAN — After Susan Herr managed to escape the 68th floor of Tower 2, as fire and chaos were enveloping the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001 — she thought the toughest day of her life had to be behind her.
“But I was wrong,” Herr said, choking back tears. “The hardest day of my life has been going though chemotherapy and radiation at the same time.”