Distinguished Service Award

Commissioner Ray Kelly praised the eight men for their service and offered condolences to their families.

Among those honored was Detective James Zadroga, who died in January of 2006. Zadroga became a symbol of ailing ground zero workers, after a coroner in the New Jersey town where he died, concluded the death was caused by exposure to Sept. 11 dust.

The city medical examiner disagreed, saying the improper use of prescription drugs contributed to his lung disease.

The NYPD will consider making the award in the future for additional officers who die of an illness proved to be caused by World Trade Center. But Kelly said no other cases are currently pending.

For WNYC, I’m Fred Mogul.