Carnegie Hero Fund Commission
Mayor Bloomberg's comments about Police Detective James Zadroga's death, in which he said Mr. Zadroga is not a hero, has sparked a firestorm within the former detective's family and the NYC police dept.
Bloomberg Remark Sparks Heated 9/11 Hero Debate
NEW YORK (AP) ―
The recent disclosure that a police detective who died of a lung ailment after toiling for months at ground zero may have been improperly injecting drugs has prompted a heated debate in New York City over what constitutes a hero.
The argument over the life and death of James Zadroga echoes a situation in Boston, where two lauded firefighters who died in a blaze were later found to have been intoxicated on the job. One had a blood alcohol level of 0.27 when he died. The other had cocaine in his system.
The disclosures revived old concerns about police officers and firefighters, whose high-stress jobs have long been thought to make them prime candidates for drug and alcohol abuse.