First Responders


Federal Lawmakers, First Responders Push to Make 9/11 Zadroga Act Permanent

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Senators and house members say extending the Zadroga Act indefinitely is a moral obligation to 9/11 first responders and survivors



3 Firefighters Die from 9/11-Related Illnesses in 1 Day

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Howard Bischoff, Robert Leaver, and Daniel Heglund were among the hundreds of first responders who worked at Ground Zero immediately following the attacks. 

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Only 112 People Have Received Payouts From 9/11 Bill — Out of 55k

Friday, November 22, 2013

About 55,000 emergency responders and others have applied for financial help from the James Zadroga September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

But according to a new report, only 112 people have learned whether they will be getting any money to help with their medical treatments.


New Jersey News

Fight Over New Jersey Train Derailment Enters Courtroom Phase

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The fight over a southern New Jersey train derailment and chemical spill last year is heading to the courtroom.

First-responders are filing a lawsuit Wednesday claiming Conrail was negligent in the aftermath of the derailment and chemical spill. They say Conrail was ordering its workers to get away from the site while telling officials that the cloud of vinyl chloride was "not that toxic" and that an evacuation was not needed.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Utility Workers and First Responders

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Are you working on Sandy recovery? Call in with your stories. What are you seeing and what do you know? We want to hear stories from the utility crews, the police, the volunteers, the journalists, and anyone else working in the hardest hit areas in the region.  Call us at 646-829-3980.


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Feds to Rule on Cancer Aid for WTC Dust Exposure

Friday, June 01, 2012

A federal health official is expected to announce soon whether people with cancer will be covered by an aid program for anyone sickened by World Trade Center dust.


It's A Free Country ®

On bin Laden Anniversary, Romney and Giuliani Visit 9/11 First Responders

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A year to the day after a team of Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, Mitt Romney was visiting firefighters in New York.

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Police Officers Demand City Share WTC Cancer Rate Data

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Union officials representing police officers are demanding that the city release data on the cancer rate among police officers who worked at Ground Zero immediately following the September 11 attacks. They argue the data is necessary in order to get cancer added to the list of diseases covered by the federal Zadroga Act.


The Takeaway

Muslim-American 9/11 First Responder Overlooked by Memorial

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

For his bravery on 9/11, first-responder Mohammad Salman Hamdani was cited in the Patriot Act as an example of Muslim-American valor. After the body of the 23-year-old police cadet was found in the wreckage of the north tower, the New York City Police Department declared him a hero and buried him with full honors. But visitors to the September 11th Memorial in lower Manhattan will not find his name among the list of first-responders. Instead, Hamdani's name appears in a section of the memorial for people who only had a lose connection to the tragic events of that day.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gillibrand: Keystone Pipeline 'Poison Pill' for Payroll Tax Cut

Monday, December 12, 2011

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, New York Senator (D) Kirsten Gillibrand rounded up news from Washington as the legislative session wraps up, from the payroll tax cuts to unemployment benefits and more.

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For Cancer-Stricken, 9/11 Health Benefits Are Just Out of Reach

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kirk Arsenault, 47, was a top-rate demolisher when he was hired to remove debris at Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Now, he says he takes 27 types of medication to treat a host of ailments — and the release of a report this week that found no link between the terror attacks and cancer could mean he wont be eligible for compensation from the Zadroga Act.

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The Takeaway

Obama's Speech on Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

President Obama gave a statement last night, with little advance warning, on the dramatic U.S. attack on Osama Bin Laden. His statement confirmed rumors that had been swirling around Twitter and elsewhere for hours beforehand. 



9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers Settle with City

Friday, November 19, 2010

More than 10,000 rescue and recovery workers who filed a lawsuit against New York City have given their approval to a multi-million dollar legal settlement with the city, clearing the way for cash payouts to begin.

The Ground Zero workers sued the city because of health problems linked to the rescue of victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks and the clean-up of the rubble at the World Trade Center.



House Passes Health Bill for 9/11 Responders

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The House passed a health-care bill that will benefit first responders sickened at the World Trade Center site on 9/11. The bill passed 268 to 160, with 13 Republicans voting for passage. It now goes to the Senate.

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