The Environmental Impact

The 1st Annual 9/11 Responders Rock 'N' Roll Benefit Concert T-Shirt

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9/11 Claims Another Hero

Deepest sympathies to Rooney family. There is a movie available in the source link. 2nd Degree murder is partially defined as, "a killing caused by dangerous conduct and the offender's obvious lack of concern for human life." Mr. President, you and your administration are murderers. - Jon

City Transit Worker Dies From Rare Blood Cancer


Lou Young

(CBS) NEW YORK There are new worries about the health of workers at ground zero following the death of a city transportation worker assigned to the site.

Patricia Rooney says toxic dust killed her husband, Phillip. She is still coming to grips with what she lost.

She buried her husband of 12 years on Monday, a city transportation worker who was 35 when assigned to work at ground zero, 38 when the blood cancer started to waste him and 41 when he died. She has no doubt it was the toxic dust and smoke of 9/11 that took Phillip before his time.

Introducing Three New Heroes

I'm assuming ran a little "expose". - Jon

9/11 heroes: Gary White



STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Gary White's idea of good fortune is not even close to what it was before Sept. 11, 2001, when he rushed to Ground Zero, returning nearly every day for six months.

"Today is a good day, because I found out I don't have skin cancer," he told an Advance reporter one morning last month.

For a 52-year-old weight-lifter who once commanded the NYPD detective squad in Chinatown and has an obsession with Superman, the news was a ray of light in a life darkened by extreme physical and financial vulnerability.

These days, White is living with permanent brain damage and walks with a cane. Notes are scattered around his Bay Terrace studio apartment so he'll remember his daily rituals of medications, doctors' visits, and what little else he can accomplish outside of meeting his own health needs, like helping his 18-year-old daughter plan for college.

A Night For Joe

Benefit set for 9/11 rescue worker


Posted by the Ocean County Observer on 02/11/07

TOMS RIVER — It still feels like the Twin Towers are falling for Joe Picurro.

Picurro, a 9/11 responder who spent 28 days at Ground Zero, has lost 26 pounds in the last three weeks, due to the leukemia he was diagnosed with in August that is directly related to his 28-day volunteer work.

His doctor told him Friday afternoon it is likely the leukemia has reached stage four. "He is really, really bad," said Joe's wife Laura. "He hasn't been able to get out of bed for almost three weeks."

Under his doctor's advice, Joe Picurro has not received chemotherapy for his cancer because of the severe vomiting that is caused from the radiation treatment. Doctors said the chemotherapy could cause further cancer in Picurro's throat and a bone marrow transplant would be a safer form of treatment.

"They agreed to tell me when it was late in the game and now it's late in the game," he said.

A Day With Heroes - Video Inside


By Jon Gold

This morning, I woke up at around 7 o'clock. I hopped in the shower, and was out the door by 7:30. I've been looking forward to today for the last month, so obviously I was in a hurry. Halfway up the Pennsylvania Turnpike, they decided to close the entire half of the highway. I had to get off of the Turnpike, and drive an hour out of the way to get back on to the Turnpike. When they made me get off the first time, I thought, "Why should I pay them for this 5 mile trip? This road did not serve it's purpose. I'm entitled to a refund aren't I?" Suffice it to say, I was a little perturbed.

Traffic was great. From Exit 28 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (where I got back on), all the way up to the Verrazano Bridge, I was flying.

And then...

An Absolute Good

Because of the amazing generosity of this movement, this Saturday, I will be delivering two checks. One to the FealGood Foundation, and one to the GearUp Foundation. Two organizations devoted to helping 9/11 First Responders.

The amount of the checks are less than the money we received because PayPal takes 3-5 days to transfer funds into accounts. I wanted to deliver the checks this Saturday, so I started the process earlier than the deadline for the fund-raiser. Both organizations will be receiving a check in the mail for the difference.

I want to personally thank everyone who helped to make this happen. To those who contributed, and to those who helped spread the word about this fund-raiser, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Bush Might Meet With Borja Jr. In Two Days

I don't know how much Cesar is aware of regarding his father's death. I would like to be a fly on the wall during this conversation. Imagine Cesar walking in to meet Bush, and he says the following, "Mr. President, I'm glad you gave me the time to see you today. Because of this White House's policies regarding the environmental impact of 9/11, people like my father have become sick and died, and many more are going to join them. Either you give them the help that they need, or I am going to go public, and you are going to look very bad. Have a nice day." - Jon

Bush 'Hopeful' of Meeting with Son of Dead NYPD Cop
Former NYPD officer Cesar Borja died Jan. 23. He had been fighting a sever lung disease, which his family believes he contracted by working at Ground Zero. His son attended the President's State of the Union.


Created: Monday, 29 Jan 2007, 8:53 PM EST

How Many Were Killed On 9/11? 2,973? More Like 3,073

This was a shock to me. With all of the research I do regarding this aspect of 9/11, I had no idea it was this bad. I thought the number was more like 5 or 6.

N.Y.: IT MAY BE 100+



January 28, 2007 -- The state has launched the first study of deaths among World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers - a grim toll that now exceeds 100, officials told The Post.

With a $165,000 federal grant from 9/11 health czar John Howard, the state is contributing at least twice that in staff and resources to study what killed the cops, firefighters and other workers who have died after searching for survivors or helping in the cleanup.

"We want to know about every death, so we can evaluate any patterns with fatalities," said Kitty Gelber, chief epidemiologist with the state Bureau of Occupational Health. "People need to let us know who was there and who died."

9/11 Cop Dies Just As His Son, Clinton's Guest, Faces Bush

I'm crying as I post this. - Jon

Former NYPD officer Cesar Borja died Jan. 23. He had been fighting a severe lung disease, which his family believes he contracted by working at Ground Zero. His son attended the President's State of the Union.

9/11 Cop Dies Just as His Son, Clinton's Guest, Faces Bush -


A former New York policeman died late Tuesday in a Manhattan hospital, just as his 21-year-old son prepared to appear at the State of the Union speech to symbolize the desperate health problems of his father and other sick Sept. 11 workers.

The former officer, Cesar Borja, 52, had been in intensive care, breathing through a tube, at Mount Sinai Medical Center, awaiting a lung transplant. Hospital spokeswoman Lauren Woods confirmed the death late Tuesday.

"He did pass on," Woods said.

His son, college student Ceasar Borja Jr., was invited by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., to attend President Bush's speech as a reminder to the president of workers who were stricken with a host of illnesses after exposure to toxic World Trade Center debris.

Son Of Ailing 9/11 First Responder To Face Bush

There is a good video in the source link. - Jon

Attending State Of The Union With Sen. Clinton, College Student Seeks Funding For Ill First Responders



(CBS) NEW YORK The son of a 9/11 first responder who is in dire need of a lung transplant will have a front-row seat at tomorrow's State of the Union address. He's going to Washington as a special guest of Sen. Hillary Clinton to raise awareness about his father's illness, which is believed to be a direct result of the toxic air on the tragic day.

"I want to say to President Bush not to forget the World Trade Center victims. They are heroes, and they should be treated as such," Ceasar Borja Jr. told CBS 2. Borja says his critically ill father will be with him in spirit tomorrow when he attends the President's State of the Union speech. The 21-year-old college student will be wearing his NYPD father's uniform coat, his watch, and his pants.

"I'm representing him. I'm representing all the other heroes so I feel that it's fitting that I wear what they wear," he said.

WTC Cop Exposed To Toxic Dust Needs A New Lung Or He Will Die

New lung or WTC cop dies
Officer stricken after months at Ground Zero



Eva Borja cannot talk to her husband because he is heavily sedated.

Eva and their children (from l.), Ceasar, 21, Nhia, 12, and Evan, 16, are hoping for a miracle.

His family says Cesar Borja did not wear a respirator at Ground Zero because feds said the air was safe to breathe.

Under a jumble of gray wires and clear plastic tubes, Cesar Borja lies unconscious. A nurse checks the monitor at his bedside. The skin on his neck twitches.

Borja is in critical condition with pulmonary fibrosis, kept under sedation, unable to speak even if a breathing tube weren't in his mouth. His eyes are closed.

Beneath the medical hardware that keeps him alive, Borja, 52, still has a handsome, rugged face, topped with the short, spiky hair of a former soldier who never missed a day of work in his 20 years as a city cop.

Another 9/11 Hero Dies

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9/11 hero's fatal sickness
49-year-old responder dies of esophageal cancer tied to the toxic dust


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 may have claimed still another Staten Island victim.

Frederick J. Stuck III, 49, a retired deputy sheriff and a first responder on Sept. 11, died yesterday at his Port Richmond home. His wife, Lou Ann, said the cause was esophageal cancer, which she believes resulted from exposure to the toxic dust clouds that have made thousands of New Yorkers sick.

When asked yesterday about her husband's experiences on Sept. 11, Mrs. Stuck's voice became strained. "I can't talk about this," she said. "This was the cause of the whole thing."

The couple's son, Frederick IV, said his father had responded immediately following the attacks and was part of a search for survivors at the former World Trade Center PATH station. For at least six weeks, he worked long hours in the rubble. He returned only briefly to Port Richmond during that time, coming home covered in the dust that smothered Lower Manhattan -- only to sleep and shower and return to Ground Zero.