NYPD Suffers From Higher Cancer Rates After 9/11, Police Union Wants Dust and Debris Information Disclosed

February 15, 2012

Nor Cal Truth   Feb 15, 2011

In 2009 it was reported that over 900 first responders to 9/11 had passed away due to the toxic debris cloud that covered Manhattan.

The NYPD is seeking justice for its employees who are now suffering close cancer rates 3x higher than before 9/11.

The NY Post reports:

There are 297 cops who have been diagnosed with cancer since working at  Ground Zero — and the average age is a shocking 44 at the time of diagnosis,  according to the data from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

The cancers range from lung — which is the most prevalent, with 19 cases — to rarer cancers that affect the bile duct, tongue and nasal passages, according to the data obtained from a random sampling of retired cops.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, 56 cops have died from cancer, the PBA said.

And an average of 16 cops are applying annually for cancer-related  disabilities since the terror attacks, compared with about six a year before  9/11.

Interestingly, New York City is not releasing the names of the NYPD who worked at the destruction site of the WTC. NY Daily News has this:

Scientists at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan have asked for the  full roster of officers who served at Ground Zero, but the NYPD’s surgeon  refused, citing privacy concerns.

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Two 9/11 First Responders Die of Cancer Within one Week of Court Settlement

November 21, 2010

related:  NYC, 9/11 first responders finalize settlement

related:  9/11 First Responder Death toll Nears 1,000

related:  Dust to Dust; The Health Effects of 9/11

Nor Cal Truth  Nov 21, 2010

This article from NY Daily News details the passing of another NYPD officer due to  9/11 related health effects:

The sacrifice of a cancer-stricken city cop laid to rest Tuesday was held aloft by union leaders in the push to aid ill Ground Zero responders.

“He died from a rare cancer that literally ate his face,” Lynch said, flanked by other officers. “The young man that joined this police department withered away and died because he was willing to put his life on the line and respond on Sept. 11 – and not leave until our job was done.”

Lynch was supposed to be in Washington with other members of the New York delegation to press for passage of a bill that would help the families of injured Ground Zero heroes like Mahmoud.

Mahmoud died after contracting a rare cancer of the nasal passages that required disfiguring surgery to remove his nose.

“It is very difficult for us,” his brother, Hashem, said. “But David isn’t the only one. There are others like him and they should be looked up to.”

The following article from Newsday is from just after the court settlement:

Robert Ehmer of East Meadow had planned to use his share of the settlement for Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers to pay for treatment that his Medicare insurance wouldn’t cover, his sister Annette Ehmer said.

Ehmer, a 20-year New York City police officer, lost a three-year battle with kidney cancer Sunday, dying at the Hospice Inn in Melville. He was 47.

Lawyers for 9/11 Workers Are Ordered to Justify Some Fees

August 28, 2010

related: Lawyers Extend Deadline For 9/11 Health Settlement due to “Unexpected Logistical Delays.”

source: NY Times    Aug 28, 2010

The lawyers representing most of the ground zero workers who sued the city over health issues will be appearing in court in a new role: defending themselves.

The federal judge overseeing the cases has summoned the law partnership of two firms, Worby Groner Edelman and Napoli Bern Ripka, to a hearing on Friday to justify $6.1 million in legal expenses that they are charging their clients.

Next week, the lawyers are due back in federal court to respond to accusations of overcharging made by the other leading law firm representing workers. That firm, Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, alleges that its co-counsel is trying to inflate its fees by inappropriately charging clients more than $400,000 for publicists, lobbyists and legal and medical experts as case-related costs.

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9/11 Building Workers Settlement Nears

August 22, 2010

source: The Real Deal     Aug 22, 2010

A settlement between the owners of 160 buildings damaged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the workers injured during their cleaning, repair and demolition is very likely to come to fruition within months, a court-appointed official said during a hearing today in Manhattan district court. Despite the “monumentally complex” litigation, which involves around 1,300 building workers, 160 property owners and their insurers, James Henderson, a Cornell Law School professor who has been overseeing settlement talks, told U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein that he sees “a very good prognosis” and predicted that a deal is just months away, Bloomberg news reported. The building workers have claimed illnesses caused by exposure to toxic debris from the World Trade Center site. Hellerstein is the same judge who, in June, approved a $712.5 million settlement involving injury claims by rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero

Another FDNY Funeral Sparks Renewed Call to Help 9/11 Responders

August 6, 2010


Look in my backlog of 9/11 Health posts for more backround.

source: MSNBC  Aug 5, 2010

The sound of muffled drums echoed along New York Avenue in Huntington Station, as a fire truck carrying the casket of Vincent Albanese headed toward St. Hugh of Lincoln Church.

“It’s a shame it happened like this,” said one mourner.

Albanese, 63, died this past weekend after a battle with cancer. He had served the FDNY for close to 38 years; all in Ladder 38 in the Bronx.

Albanese was, mourners believed, the latest victim of 9/11.

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9/11 Settlememt in Jeopardy as Plaintiffs Refuse to Sign, saying “They Are Not Taken Care of at all.”

August 2, 2010

This is the court case under Judge Alvin Hellerstein, it is not related to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensatiuon Act that recently failed to pass in the House.

source: NY Daily   Aug 2, 2010

Growing discontent among 9/11 heroes who sued the city over exposure to toxic air at Ground Zero could scuttle a landmark settlement offer.

A number of first responders, recovery workers and their relatives told the Daily News they will opt out of the $625 million deal because their payouts are too low – and their health care is left in doubt.

“If you sign this thing, you’re not taken care of at all,” said Richard Hand, 47, a retired NYPD Emergency Service Unit officer who logged more than 700 hours at the Pile and now suffers from upper-digestive problems.

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H.R. 847, James Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill Rejected by House Vote

July 29, 2010

“To pay the bill’s estimated $7.4 billion cost over 10 years, the legislation would have prevented foreign multinational corporations incorporated in tax haven countries from avoiding tax on income earned in the U.S.”

To those who voted no: You are disgusting. You are criminal.

source: AP      July 29, 2010

A bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by World Trade Center dust fell short in the House on Thursday, raising the possibility that the bulk of compensation for the ill will come from a legal settlement hammered out in the federal courts.

The bill would have provided free health care and compensation payments to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who fell ill after working in the trade center ruins.

It failed to win the needed two-thirds majority, 255-159. The vote was largely along party lines, with 12 Republicans joining Democrats supporting the measure.

For weeks, a judge and teams of lawyers have been urging 10,000 former ground zero workers to sign on to a court-supervised settlement that would split $713 million among people who developed respiratory problems and other illnesses after inhaling trade center ash.

The court deal shares some similarities with the aid program that the federal legislation would have created, but it involves far less money. Only the most seriously ill of the thousands of police officers, firefighters and construction workers suing New York City over their exposure to the dust would be eligible for a hefty payout.

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Students Sick With 9/11-Related Illnesses Want Federal Help

July 25, 2010

There is a video at the source…

source: New York 1    July 25, 2010

In addition to the emotional trauma they faced after the World Trade Center attacks, students who went to schools in Lower Manhattan say they are also facing respiratory problems, and now they also want the federal government’s help.

Current and former students were told it was safe to return to class after September 11th, and they did, exposing themselves to the same toxic air inhaled by first responders.

“They were minors during 9/11; they had no options. They were ordered back to school because the EPA said that the air was safe, and they had no ability to say yes or no,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. “And now we’re finding out that it may be that some of these children are going to come down with very serious illnesses.”

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Government Trying to Sweep Size of Oil Spill Under the Rug, Just As It Has Tried to Sweep the Economic Crisis, 9/11 and All Other Crises Under the Rug

July 10, 2010

source: Washintons Blog  July 10, 2010

As I previously pointed out, the Gulf oil spill is very similar to 9/11, because – in both cases – the responders helping with rescue and clean up were getting sick … but were told they don’t need any safety gear. And see this.

In addition, the government is keeping scientists away from “ground zero” of the oil spill and – for that reason – scientists cannot accurately measure the size of the oil spill.

BP has also tried to cover up its blunders by lowballing spill estimates, keeping reporters out of areas hardest hit by the oil (and see this, this, this and this) and threatening to arrest them if they try to take pictures (and see this), hiding dead birds and other sealife, and using dispersants to hide the amount of spilled oil (the dispersants are only worsening the damage caused by the spill).

The government is complicit in all of these cover-ups. Indeed, the Obama administration has made it a felony to get near enough to oiled wildlife and beaches to film them.

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NY Judge: Others Should Join 9/11 Responders’ Deal

June 25, 2010

related: Judge Approves Settlement for 9/11 First Responders

source: STL Today    June 25, 2010

The judge who approved the settlement for thousands of 9/11 first responders exposed to toxic World Trade Center dust wants other defendants to join it.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein released a statement Friday urging hundreds of other defendants to consider participating in the settlement. They include workers involved in the extensive cleanup of buildings surrounding ground zero.

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Judge Approves Settlement for 9/11 First Responders

June 24, 2010

Related: 9/11 worker settlements revealed

source: CNN    June 24, 2010

A U.S. district judge in New York approved a settlement Wednesday that could pay more than $700 million to thousands of 9/11 first responders exposed to toxic dust at ground zero.

Before approving the settlement Judge Alvin Hellerstein listened to testimony from a sampling of some of the 10,000 plaintiffs at Wednesday’s hearing about the health battles that have plagued them since working at the World Trade Center site.

“I intend to approve this settlement, and I now do so as a fair, adequate and reasonable settlement reflecting hard work and a concern for fairness by all parties,” said Hellerstein.

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9/11 Aftermath: More Male Babies Miscarried

May 29, 2010

by Katie Drummond   source: AOL news   May 29, 2010

The 9/11 attacks have had myriad long-term consequences for Americans across the country. But the aftermath of the 2001 tragedy took a surprising toll on pregnant women — by causing them to miscarry a disproportionate number of male fetuses.

That’s the conclusion of researchers at the University of California, Irvine, who have been studying the impact of 9/11 on male babies since 2005.

In a smaller study published that year, they found that women in California miscarried more male babies in the year after 9/11 than they did in other years from 1995 to 2002.

This time, the team tracked all fetal miscarriages in the country, using data from the National Vital Statistics System collected between 1996 and 2002.

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Science Backs Heroes of 9/11

April 28, 2010

source: ABC   April 28, 2010

In the scriptures are the words: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

The words have special resonance when you consider the results of a study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

This study found that of 11,000 firefighters who were at ground zero in the two weeks after 9/11, when the dust cloud was thickest, most are not improving. Their lungs were heavily damaged by pulverized masonry and glass from the World Trade Cemter attacks.And they have not recovered.

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