Tuesday, January 10, 2006

New Death from Sept. 11th

A 34 year old retired policeman in New York who spent hundreds of hours searching for victims of the attack on September 11th at Ground Zero has died of respiratory illness related to the exposure. James Zadroga is believed to be the first emergency responder to die from his exposure to toxic elements in the debris. As a heath care professional, I remember thinking that day of all of the people exposed to God-knows-what in New York City, and who would be sick and dying for years to come. Sept 11th, the attack that keeps on giving. Rest In Peace, James.


At 10:08 PM, Blogger City Troll said...

Hillary will use this poor guy as her poster child to try and blame Bush and get more money for first responders

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Chas said...

Troll, I had never thought of that, but your right. Somehow their gonna make this Bush's fault, not enough money for clean-up ect. As lon as they don't bring Chuckie in. Please God no!

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Alan_McDonald said...

Chas and Troll,

Here's a commentary from yesterday that spreads the blame around:

N.Y. won't clear the air on cop killed by fumes By MIKE KELLY

At issue is liability - and money. If Zadroga's death is linked to Ground Zero's toxic fumes, New York and perhaps the federal government could be held liable. And that might open the door to scores of claims and lawsuits.

After all, it wasn't the cops and firefighters who pooh-poohed fears about Ground Zero's toxic poisons; they raised questions about the fumes while bravely returning to the rubble pile to help recover victims' remains. The real culprits may yet be environmental officials, such as former Gov. Christie Whitman, who said the Ground Zero air was just fine.

But liability is only one problem here. The other is honor.

Twenty-three NYPD officers died when the twin towers fell. But as one of Zadroga's friends pointed out Monday, maybe its time for authorities to change that number.

At 10:46 PM, Blogger Chas said...

Thanks for the link Alan. The liability would be massive. If they admit it, everybody with a chest cold in NYC will sue! But I remember that day, and thinking about the massive enviro damage and the Feds saying all was well. Remember the clouds of smoke? It had to contain bad stuff.

At 11:56 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Yeah - I was looking at that too and wondering why they were even wasting their time saying the air was fine. That puppy burned for months.

Too bad about that young man. That's just too young.

We are still burying our dead 4 years on. It's heartbreaking.


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