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    September 11th - Never Forget

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

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    May 15, 2006 -- FDNY rescuers who sucked in toxic air while working at Ground Zero lost the equivalent of 12 years of lung function after the World Trade Center attacks, a bombshell health study shows. "World Trade Center exposure produced a substantial reduction in pulmonary function in New York City Fire Department rescue workers during the first year following 9/11/01," according to the analysis of 12,079 fire and EMT workers conducted by Montefiore Medical Center-Einstein College and the FDNY. The respiratory loss "equaled 12 years of aging-related decline," the report said. The study compared the health conditions of the FDNY responders who worked on rescue and recovery efforts with their medical test results from the previous five years. Each of the responders underwent testing to determine lung and respiratory capacity before and after 9/11. The exam tallies forced expiratory volume (FEV) - or how much a person can exhale during a breath. Typically, an adult loses 31 milliliters in FEV per year. But Ground Zero workers lost 372 milliliters - a rate of decline 12 times the normal annual rate. "There was a drop in lung function equivalent to 12 years of aging," said co-author Dr. Gisela Banauch, a professor at Montefiore/Einstein College in The Bronx. "It's statistically a very significant loss." "This study - together with other studies that have been published - makes a causal connection between WTC exposure and short- to intermediate-term respiratory disease very likely," Banauch told The Post of the findings, published in the American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine. The loss in lung function is "tied to sickness and death," she added. The 12-year loss is just an average. Thousands of firefighters who were present during the collapse of the Twin Towers suffered the greatest loss of respiratory capacity (388 milliliters), the study found. The FDNY's chief medical officer, Dr. David Prezant, who is a study co-author and Einstein College professor, considered the discrepancy in the rate of illnesses - based on when firefighters and EMTs arrived at the disaster site - the most significant scientific finding. Pollution and debris were most prevalent when the buildings crashed, and dissipated in time. "The closer you were to the morning of the collapse," Prezant said, "the worst drop in symptoms and pulmonary function." Prezant stressed that the dramatic 12-year loss in breathing functions in one year was a snapshot in time and doesn't necessarily mean a 40-year-old ends up with the lungs of a 52-year-old. "It doesn't mean this is irreversible loss. Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment has been restoring a large portion of the lung function. There's been great improvement," he said. A follow-up analysis will be conducted to determine whether breathing functions recover or worsen for each FDNY rescue worker. Lawyers representing sick Ground Zero rescue workers in a negligence suit filed against the city hailed the report's findings. "It shows what a massive impact this disaster had on first responders. Usually it takes years or decades for diseases to show themselves. Here, you have acute health effects shortly thereafter. What does this tell us about the future?" said attorney Andrew Carboy of Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo. And Carboy said the study also provides crucial evidence showing that government officials in charge of Ground Zero failed to provide safety gear to protect workers from inhaling hazardous air and dust - a major claim of plaintiffs in the case. The study noted that more than 400 chemicals were identified in the toxic WTC air. "Adequate respiratory protection was not immediately available," the report said, adding that only 22 percent of workers who first arrived to the disaster site wore masks. Among responders who came later, the figure never topped 50 percent. Even so, the protective respiratory equipment that was used "had no appreciable effect," the study said. "No doubt, the initial lack of adequate equipment and subsequent compliance problems diminished any protective impact," it said.

    so this means I'm 60 in wtc years







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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyS
    40/35 ...you always impress the **** out of me with your dedication to quality posts helping others out...wether from info like this, or updates on situations....keep up the good work, man.

    I agree. I applaud you guys for keeping everyone constantly updated and for being worried about the brothers health.
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    Angry Mike denies doing favor for city aide

    Mike denies doing favor for city aide

    BY ROBERT F. MOORE and GREG WILSON
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    Mayor Bloomberg denied giving a former top city official special treatment by ordering the city Law Department to resolve his 9/11 illness claim - but less connected litigants weren't buying it yesterday.
    Although the city is officially still appealing a state-approved worker's compensation claim by ex-deputy mayor Rudy Washington, Bloomberg instructed city lawyers to reach a "fair settlement," according to sources. But Bloomberg said yesterday his involvement was not improper.

    "Let me make this clear: He never asked for any special treatment, and he didn't get special treatment," Bloomberg said.

    Bloomberg said he learned of Washington's compensation claim two months ago when he ran into the former Giuliani administration honcho.

    Bloomberg said his offer to help cut through red tape was politely declined, but he later determined that city lawyers were relying on a technicality to battle Washington's claim for reimbursement for treatment of respiratory problems.

    "This was something where a lawyer was probably reading the law too closely and shouldn't have done that and so I changed it and that's the answer," Bloomberg said.

    It was unclear precisely what Washington is seeking and what the city is willing to offer.

    But other city workers and volunteers who say they were sickened by working on the smoldering pile of toxic debris following the terror attacks don't have a powerful ally to help them, complained David Worby, a lawyer who represents about 8,000 ailing Ground Zero workers.

    "I'm glad he's going to get help," Worby said. "But why isn't Bloomberg picking up the phone on behalf of all these other people who need help?"

    News of Bloomberg's call angered Joseph Zadroga, the father of James Zadroga, a retired NYPD detective who died Jan. 5 from what a coroner called a 9/11-linked disease. The city has not designated Zadroga's death a line-of-duty fatality, which would greatly boost pension benefits paid to his family.

    "They should take care of the emergency workers, not just the politically connected," he said.

    Washington could not be reached for comment, but his former boss, Rudy Giuliani, said yesterday the city is right to work toward a settlement of Washington's claim.

    "He was a true hero on Sept. 11," Giuliani said. "Rudy put his own health at risk to help other people, so I am glad it worked out."


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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFRED

    sad but true...
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    So, is the city going to try denying the clear links just like the federal government tried denying Gulf War Syndrome existed, and subsequently screwed vets out of treatment?

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    CITY GIVES IN ON RUDY PAL

    By MAGGIE HABERMAN and CARL CAMPANILE
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    May 18, 2006 -- Mayor Bloomberg caved in last night and ordered the city to pay up so a former top aide to Rudy Giuliani can get medical benefits for his Ground Zero-related illness.

    Bloomberg told city lawyers to drop their appeal of a favorable Workers Compensation Board ruling for former Deputy Mayor Rudy Washington hours after fierce criticism by Giuliani and his former aides.

    Former Mayor Giuliani leaped to the aid of Washington after The Post reported yesterday that the aide was seeking workers'-comp benefits - and the Bloomberg administration was trying to block him.

    "Putting the city's welfare before his own, Rudy Washington courageously and tirelessly worked at Ground Zero on Sept. 11 and for weeks afterwards," Giuliani said.

    As reported in yesterday's Post, Washington filed a claim last year for coverage to treat his asthmatic condition, which he believes was caused by breathing contaminated air at Ground Zero.

    Washington, the highest-ranking black city official at the time, was nearby when the first tower collapsed, helped supervise the emergency response and later ordered air-quality testing.

    But Bloomberg administration lawyers told Washington that they would appeal the initial favorable ruling for him by the state board.

    But last night, Bloomberg ordered the city's Law Department to come to "a fair settlement" with Washington, a mayoral aide told The Post.

    Washington filed his claim after the deadline for it had passed.

    But Bloomberg ordered the city to withdraw the appeal because he didn't want the matter to be decided by "a technicality," the aide said.

    Earlier yesterday, former top officials of the previous administration blasted Bloomberg.

    Former Giuliani deputy Joe Lhota fumed over the "total lack of benevolence on the part of Mayor Bloomberg and his administration toward Rudy Washington.

    "This is a civilian who dedicated himself to the search and rescue operations and ultimately the cleanup like no one else in the Giuliani administration. (***I guess he was the only one down there....) Where's the humanity? Humans shouldn't treat humans like this," Lhota said.

    A source familiar with the case said Bloomberg moved to "rectify" the appeal as soon as he heard about the matter and had previously helped provide Washington with medical aid after Washington personally sought his help.

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    maybe rudy can make a thousand or more phone calls.. pathetic and sickening this clown got strings pulled..

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    4035 I used a couple of your posts in anouther forum to help get the news out. If this is a problem let me know and I will get the thread deleted.

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    this is a public forum bro....
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    Anyone wanting to use the site for N.J....it's easy
    use the link....click on Search EOHSI....type in wtc and hit search.
    There's also a section here for Rescue Dogs. If anyone had or knows someone who was there with a dog this could benefit them.

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    I volunteered for the American Red Cross and flew to NYC to help after the Towers came down. I did not get to NYC till October of 2001 and was there till Nov. of 2001. I worked 6 blocks from Ground Zero for 3 weeks 8 to 9 hours a day. I became ill with the dry cough, chest tightness, burning throat and eyes and sinus pain. After I returned home which is in Wisconsin, my illness became worse and continued to the point that I am now disabled and can not work. I went back to NYC to get the WTC Screening and was diagnoised with RADS. I had none no illness like this before. No asthma, or breathing problems. I now take 6 medicines 2 times a day. I also get a rash on the face and neck that they can't explain. My nerves and muscles constantly swell. I have been in deep drepression because of the stress of the illness and the financial burden of the medical bills and medicine. Being that I live in Wisconsin and not in NYC my medical bills are not paid. I was traveling to NYC every 6 months to see the doctors but the cost of the flight and the hotel stay has put me in debt and I can no longer go and see the doctors here. What bothers me is that the government wants to ignor the fact that the air at and around and near the WTC Disaster was not fit for anyone to breath in. Masks and other equipment that was provided for those close to Ground Zero were not enough to fliter out the bad air. For me I was not offered any mask to filter out the bad air because they felt we didn't need it at 6 blocks away. Interesting they thought that when you could go out the door and watch the ash come down and land on your face and hands and clothes and breath it in. When you could smell the odors and feel the burning in your eyes and throat. And that was at 6 blocks away, just imagine what it was like closer. It's time for them to admit they made a mistake.

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    Marie I just want to THANK YOU for what you did for us. I will NEVER FORGET that.
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    My father was a firechief and I saw many things growing up and going to the fire station. Being in disaster services I also so many things and being in the medical field of sorts I could tell that what was being done to keep the workers and volunteers safe was not enough and the dangers of the air they were breathing would cause health issues. Would you believe that the organization that I repersented told me that there was no way that I could have gotten sick by the air there and that I had to be lieing, wouldn't do anything till I finally had to swallow my pride and write my Congressmen to get help and then they finally stepped up and of course denied I filed a claim? Could thing I kept copies. So it's not only the government that ignored it was also others.

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    May 21, 2006 -- The city has four words for many World Trade Center recovery workers who have fallen ill: It's your own fault.In court papers seeking to dismiss all lawsuits by the workers, the city argues it did all it could to protect them from toxic dust, smoke and rubble - but many ignored the safety rules.

    Workers were required to wear respirators - fitted breathing devices with air filters - on and around the WTC pile, but some defiantly refused, the city contends in a brief filed in Manhattan federal court last week.

    "On several occasions, OSHA [U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration] inspectors confronted firefighters who were not wearing their respirators and given resistance - the firefighters told OSHA that they would not comply and that OSHA had no authority over them," the brief says.



    The city says its Department of Design and Construction, which led the cleanup, reported this to ranking FDNY officials to try to get firefighters to comply.

    When the DDC found construction workers not wearing safety gear, supervisors contacted the contractor in an effort to "re-educate the employee," the brief says.

    The city filed the brief in asking U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein to toss out all 5,000-plus claims by WTC responders, claiming blanket immunity because it was responding to a civil emergency and acting "in good faith."

    The city acknowledges the WTC site was tainted with tons of asbestos and other pulverized toxins and carcinogens. But, it claims, many workers ignored or disobeyed signs posted around the site, and other reminders to wear protective gear.

    The city's arguments outraged advocates and lawyers for the workers.

    "It's sick that they're blaming the victim," said David Worby, who represents 8,000 workers in a class-action suit. "Most of the workers weren't given any safety protection. Others were given faulty equipment. It was too little, too late."

    The class-action contends the city, in a rush to reopen Wall Street, did not have adequate safety protocols: "They never hosed down the workers. They never took their uniforms at the end of the day and gave them fresh ones. People were eating their lunch on the pile."
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    My question to the city is what about Environmental Protection Agency head Christie Whitman telling residents and workers in lower Manhattan that the air was safe to breathe immediately following 9/11/01.
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    Default 9/11 Psych Woes Linger

    May 26, 2006 -- A whopping two-thirds of people who received therapy following 9/11 are still grief-stricken nearly five years after the terrorist attacks, according to a new study prepared for the Red Cross. Forty-three percent of the respondents who received treatment also say they still need counseling and other services to help with their recovery. Half the children of families in treatment are still psychologically scarred, participants said. "This was a traumatic event for many people," said Carol Devita, a researcher for the Urban Institute, which conducted the Red Cross analysis. The survey interviewed 1,500 adults directly affected by the 9/11 attacks - including the families who had loved ones killed or those who were seriously injured. Those interviewed had received funds from the Red Cross Liberty Disaster Relief Fund for a variety of services. Of that number, 431 respondents reported having received mental-health counseling. Of adults who received financial assistance for mental-health services, 67 percent indicated that their grief continues and half of children feel the same way, the study found. Those who haven't received counseling through the Red Cross can still apply by calling (800) LIFE-NET. The deadline is next Jan. 1. The Red Cross and city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene also will send out a joint letter to 70,000 people on the World Trade Center Health Registry to make them aware of the mental health funding. Rescue and recovery workers and New Yorkers who lost family members can also apply for funds with the state Crime Victims Board. The American Red Cross raised and spent more than $1 billion in private donations on 9/11 disaster and recovery - more than any other national disaster. "What we learned is the importance of addressing mental-health issues as soon as possible after a disaster," said Alan Goodman, executive director of the Red Cross Sept. 11 Recovery Program. Goodman said many emergency responders who initially didn't seek therapy after 9/11 are now doing so. "This was a terrorist event. Post-traumatic stress disorder could take years to manifest itself," he said. Exacerbating the problem is the fact that only now - years later - are emergency responders and others showing symptoms of respiratory illnesses and cancers suspected to be linked to breathing toxins at Ground Zero. "They have to deal with the loss of their health and their strength. That affects them emotionally," Goodman said. About 10,000 people are currently receiving 9/11 services from the Red Cross, and nearly 60,000 were helped overall. Over 90 percent said they received adequate emergency funds to address basic needs. But only 11 percent of responders with serious injuries said they received enough help.
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    Default Preparing for a Higher 9-11 Toll

    New York can no longer breathe easy about the fate of people who responded to Ground Zeroónot after the case of Detective James Zadroga, the high-profile workers comp fight of former deputy mayor Rudy Washington, or the study finding that first responders on 9-11 typically absorbed about 12 years' worth of lung damage in a single, bad day. None of this is surprising to the men and women who raced to the towers and have been struggling for months or years to catch their breath, literally. Nor is the risk of WTC illness news to city and state officials, who haggled at length over a law that grants Ground Zero rescuers a presumptive line-of-duty disability if they come down with certain illnesses. That measure was signed last year. But the Zadroga case and others like it have upped the stakes, because people aren't just getting sick. Now, they are dying. And when they die, their families will not be able to collect disability payments for as long as they would have if the death had been in the line of duty. That's why public employee unions are pressing for another presumptive bill, this one covering death benefits. The assembly version sponsored by Speaker Sheldon Silver (A11255) and its Senate counterpart by Sen. Martin Golden (S7885-A) are "intended to rectify this inequity, so these brave men and women facing a grim medical prognosis, need not worry about the financial future and security of their loved ones and dependents," according to the bills' write-up. The proposed law would cover "uniformed personnel who participated within one year of the terrorist attack, in rescue, recovery, clean-up and related activity at or near ground zero, worked at the Fresh Kills Land Fill, worked at the New York morgue or the temporary morgue on pier locations on the west side of Manhattan, or manned barges between the west side of Manhattan and the Fresh Kills Land Fill." It would apply to people who "registered within the time period specified in such law, or would have met the criteria if not already retired on an accidental disability." The Bloomberg administration opposed the presumptive disability bill because of the costs it could impose on the city, estimated at around $50 million a year. The deaths benefits bill would add to those costs. But the exact price tag of either measure is a mystery. The city's Independent Budget Office hopes to generate a projection, but IBO chief of staff Doug Turetsky tells the Voice, "At this point, we haven't got the data to do that." The effect of the Ground Zero diseases on thousands of rescuers is a great unknown. Nobody can predict how many will suffer or succumb, or when. Already, thousands have filed affidavits attesting to their WTC-related service. So far, 2,596 active and retired members have filed Ground Zero affidavits with the FDNY pension fund; 2,870 with the Police Pension Fund; and 973 with NYCERS. Ostensibly, those affidavits are for potential future disability filings under last year's presumptive law. But some first responders who already have line-of-duty disability benefits might be filing in anticipation of the death benefit that will adhere should the Silver/Golden measures become law. Many 9-11 rescuers have no choice but to make these kinds of calculations. They were forced out of work years before they thought they would leave, and could face either a prolonged retirement or a premature death. Some are wrestling with difficult decisions over how to structure their pensions, trying to balance their current need for income against the possibility that they will die early and leave families behind. Complicating the picture is that while some first responders received payouts from the federal Victims Compensation Fund, others did not. The VCF, for example, didn't cover people whose primary ailment was post-traumatic stress disorder. The fund is closed. But symptoms of other underlying illnesses are only now emerging. Nearly five years after 9-11-01 in bronchioles and bloodstreams, the attack continues.
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    Default Health officials begin follow-up survey for 9-11-01 registry

    NEW YORK -- City officials on Thursday launched a follow-up survey for thousands of people in a registry tracking post-Sept. 11 health problems, looking for proof of persistent respiratory and psychological illnesses in those who worked or lived near ground zero. The World Trade Center Health Registry gathered initial information from 71,437 people who worked at ground zero or were in the area at the time of the attacks, making it the nation's largest such registry. The program has come under criticism for failing to reach conclusions about post-Sept. 11 health effects sooner and for not providing information about treatment to survivors. "We wish we had all of the answers. We wish we knew what the long-term health effects of 9/11 are," Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said Thursday. "But we don't." Frieden urged registrants to complete e-mailed or mailed surveys and return them to the department. The questionnaires ask for more details about the registrants' exposure and any update on their symptoms.
    Officials have warned that it may take 20 years before doctors know what Sept. 11 did _ and did not do _ to the emergency personnel,civilians, and others engulfed in the airborne remains of the two 110-story buildings. But a class-action lawsuit representing thousands of ailing workers and civilians blames Sept. 11 for their health problems, and two programs in the city are treating tens of thousands of rescue workers who say they developed sinusitis, cancers and other ailments after the attack.
    In addition, a New Jersey medical examiner this year declared that the death of a retired city police detective who spent hours at the trade center site was "directly related to the 9/11 incident." Frieden said that while registrants have reported respiratory problems,post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, "what we don't know are how long the symptoms are going to persist." John Howard, the federal government's point man on Sept. 11 health, also urged people to respond to the survey, saying the scientific findings will be more meaningful if they include as many registrants as possible. The participants will receive their surveys within weeks. Frieden said it would take several months to gather the data and that a follow-up report could be completed by the end of the year. Also this year, health officials plan to release guidelines for doctors on how to better treat Sept. 11 survivors. Only until after the follow-up survey is completed will health officials contemplate in-person medical screenings like those being done for a program at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Deputy Health Commissioner Lorna Thorpe said that with this survey,officials "are trying to identify the population that needs to be examined."

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    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

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