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Dear 9/11 First Responders

Jon Gold
6/14/2012

First, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! Finally. Finally, the 9/11 First Responders that are sick and dying as a result of working down at the pile, have healthcare to take care of them. Healthcare that now includes cancer. It doesn't cover all cancers, so there might still be a fight, but it is certainly better than it was. It has been a long fight. I know. I have been there since almost the very beginning.

I, like many others, have done my best to be supportive of the 9/11 First Responders. To try and bring attention to their issue. I started an archive the day James Zadroga died that has been maintained for years. In January 2007, I held my very first fund-raiser for 9/11 First Responders. I managed to raise $3,290.00 that time. When Mike Bloomberg said that James Zadroga wasn't a hero, people like me were there to get Mike Bloomberg to apologize. Every time the FealGood Foundation went to Washington D.C., I did my best to promote their trips, and the resulting videos.

As I said, it has been a long fight. A hard fight. Because it is difficult to get politicians to do the right thing, sometimes concessions have to be made. Long ago, several 9/11 First Responders were very supportive of the "9/11 Truth Movement." Because of antics in the "9/11 Truth Movement," many 9/11 First Responders started to disassociate from the movement, and understandably so. However, another reason that 9/11 First Responders started to shy away from people in the "9/11 Truth Movement" was because being associated with that group, a group that has been relentlessly slandered and ridiculed by the "mainstream media," meant that it was harder to get politicians to do the right thing. In other words, if the 9/11 First Responders wanted the politicians to play ball, they also had to play the game.

Rescue Workers Rally At Ground Zero

Source: northjersey.com

By MIKE KELLY
Tuesday, January 5, 2010

NEW YORK – They huddled in the winter shadows and the frigid air, this group of wounded veterans of Ground Zero, some of them leaning on canes or walkers, some breathing from oxygen tanks.

The father of James Zadroga is hugged by Bill Maher, of Maywood. Then, they read the list of names of the dead — all of them rescue workers and other volunteers who rushed, like them, into that smoldering place of terror on that sunny September morning eight years ago and breathed in too many toxins.

So far, that death list has 103 names but it will probably grow in the years to come.

There was Felix Hernandez. And Sandra Adrian. And Robert Grossman. And, finally, James Zadroga, the North Arlington kid who became a New York City police detective and then volunteered more than 400 hours at the Ground Zero clean up.

Four years ago yesterday, Zadroga took his last breath, his lungs blackened and clogged with Ground Zero’s dust and junk. He was only 34.

1/5/2010: 9/11 Responders, Elected Officials To Read Names Of Those Who Died From 9/11 Illnesses

This was posted by 9/11 First Responder Charlie Giles on Facebook. - Jon

For Planning Purposes: Event January 5th

Contact: John Feal, (631) 724-3320 / Charles J. Giles (609) 271- 4936

Tuesday: 9/11 Responders, Elected Officials to Read Names of Those Who Died From 9/11 Illnesses

January 5th is Fourth Anniversary of Death of NYPD Det. James Zadroga

*Responders to Demand Passage of 9/11 Health Bill*

New York , NY – On Tuesday, 9/11 first responders and elected officials will gather near Ground Zero to read the names of more than one hundred 9/11 responders and others who have died of illnesses caused by the attacks. Tuesday is the fourth anniversary of the death of NYPD Detective James Zadroga, the first 9/11 responder whose death was officially linked to his work at Ground Zero.

Call Congressman Frank Pallone's Office, And DEMAND That He Mark Up H.R. 847 IMMEDIATELY!!!

I just received this from 9/11 First Responder Charlie Giles...

"It has come to our attention that the reason that HR847 is being held up is due to Congressman Frank Pallone. He has not marked up the Bill in the House Energy & Commerce Committee. He promised it would be done by Nov. and still no response. 9/11 Responders are sick, tired & dying. We are now Demanding that this Bill get Marked Up & Passed. We the 9/11 Community need your help! Please call Congressman Frank Pallone's Office in New Jersey at 732-249-8892 and also his Washington DC office at 202-225-4671. Tell them you are Demanding that Frank Pallone keep his Promise & Mark Up the Bill Now! We are no longer asking, we are demanding! Please Call both offices & flood his phone lines till he does what is right for those who served when Our Country needed us! Thank You!"

Please call... Please call... Please call...

Thank you.

Death Of 9/11 Firefighter Hero Jim Ryan Overshadowed By "Flashier" Flight 253 Terrorism Story

I don't know what the story is regarding what happened over the weekend with Flight 253. I would like to know who the person described here is. - Jon

Source: nydailynews.com

BY Michael Mcauliff
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Sunday, December 27th 2009, 4:00 AM

They didn't find that out until early Christmas morning 2009, eight years later, when the firefighter's lungs finally overfilled with fluids, the side-effects of pancreatic cancer inflicted on him by the toxic dust he swallowed in hundreds of hours at Ground Zero.

Ryan answered the call of duty on 9/11, then went beyond, returning to the blasted ground for months. First, he hunted survivors, then victims, then just fragments of people - his FDNY brothers among them - whose lives and bodies were shattered that day.

9/11 Heroes In Life-Struggle As Obama Signs Multi-Billion War Bill

I hooked up John and Marina, so this is very cool. - Jon

Fealgood Foundation Christmas Message To President Obama

At their annual Christmas party, The Fealgood Foundation appealed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to pass HR847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health Act, and to President Barack Obama to sign it.

Angry 9/11 Responders: President Obama Offers Sympathy, But No Support

Source: nydailynews.com

BY Michael Mcauliff
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON - Angry Sept. 11 responders say President Obama has offered sympathy but no support for their appeal to champion their cause in Congress.

A group of 9/11 widows and rescue workers recently wrote Obama, asking his help to pass a bill that would fund care for ailing responders over the next 30 years.

Obama wrote back Tuesday, the Daily News has learned, saying he understands their plight and values their heroism.

"The individuals suffering health ailments from Sept. 11 and its aftermath deserve proper medical attention," the President wrote. "You served selflessly, and your concerns are of great importance to our country. I remain committed to supporting the heroes of Sept. 11."

But he left out whether he'd get behind the bill.

"It's a nice letter, and I will put it in my scrapbook," said former construction worker John Feal, who lost half a foot at Ground Zero. "But it's no more than a souvenir unless he supports that bill."

9/11 Workers, First Responders To Rally For Help In D.C.

If you are in the D.C. area, and can join them, please do. - Jon

Source: nydailynews.com

BY Michael Mcauliff
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
Monday, November 16th 2009, 4:00 AM

WASHINGTON - First responders and Ground Zero workers are pleased Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is headed to New York to face justice - but they hope to win a different kind of justice of their own.

"Eight years later they finally bring the terrorists to New York and eight years later we're still waiting for help" treating 9/11-related illnesses, said John Feal.

"It doesn't equate," added Feal, who heads the FealGood Foundation, devoted to raising awareness about the health crisis. He will join busloads of survivors and victims for a rally Wednesday in Washington.

They're demanding Congress act on legislation named after James Zadroga, an NYPD officer who died from his exposure to Ground Zero.

Support The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act - H.R. 847

Written Statement of James Zadroga from 9/11 Commission Files
Click Here

Thanks to Kevin Fenton for pointing this out to me. Thanks to Erik Larsen for finding it.

A Little History On James Zadroga

Three Heroes Of 9/11 Die Of Cancer In Five Days

Source: nydailynews.com

BY Stephanie Gaskell
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Monday, October 12th 2009, 4:44 AM

A firefighter and two cops who worked at Ground Zero in the days and weeks after Sept. 11 have died of cancer in the past five days, the Daily News has learned.

Family members and advocates are blaming their deaths on toxins released into the air after the twin towers collapsed - and they're urging Congress to act on a bill that would help pay for their medical care.

"Everybody is denying that this stuff is connected to 9/11, but it is," said Stephen Grossman, whose son Robert died of cancer on Friday at the age of 44.

Robert Grossman was a police officer in Harlem who worked at Ground Zero for several weeks after Sept. 11.

"He never once said he was sorry he went down there," Grossman said. "None of them walked away even though they all knew it was really dangerous."

The day after Grossman passed away, Firefighter Richard Mannetta, 44, died of cancer. And last Wednesday, 37-year-old Police Officer Cory Diaz died of cancer.

One Year After 9/11 Responders' Plea For Help, White House Responds WIth Thank You Card

Souce: nydailynews.com

BY MICHAEL MCAULIFF
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
Friday, September 11th 2009, 3:15 PM

WASHINGTON - A group of Sept. 11 responders finally got an answer from the White House to their plea for help: a thank you card.

A year ago, members of the Fealgood Foundation delivered that plea to the future President and other lawmakers in a DVD telling the tale of four ailing heroes.

One of the four, Greg Quibell, had just died of 9/11-linked leukemia. Another, former FDNY firefighter John McNamara, died of cancer last month.

They wanted to show Congress why it must pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, an $8.4 billion bill to help ailing Sept. 11 workers.

But the act has languished. What the responders have gotten are thank you's, not just from the White House, but from members of Congress who also got copies of "Save the Brave."

Time To Rescue Our 9/11 Heroes Ill From Ground Zero Cleanup

Source: nydailynews.com

Juan Gonzalez - News
Wednesday, September 9th 2009, 4:00 AM

"I knew right away they'd need ironworkers to cut through those collapsed beams," he recalled.

Picurro joined thousands of hardhats who showed up at Ground Zero that first night. They helped retrieve bodies, battle flames and clear debris.

Along with the cops, firefighters and other emergency responders, they were lauded as heroes then. Their selfless actions gave us solace and hope amid all that grief.

They did not know then about the toxic soup of chemicals in the dust and in the air. Federal and city health officials downplayed any danger at the time. They even dared tell the public the air was safe to breathe.

Now, Joe Picurro, 42, is dying. His family is destitute and his faith in our country's leaders has been shattered.

The list of ailments ravaging his body is stunning.

You Have To Help Us, President Obama, Says 9/11 Survivors

Considering he said he would, it's the least he could do. - Jon

Source: nydailynews.com

BY Michael Mcauliff
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
9/3/2009

WASHINGTON - Widows and survivors of 9/11 are demanding President Obama stand with sick responders - and champion a stalled congressional measure to help them.

Named after NYPD Detective James Zadroga, who died from inhaling toxins, the bill would pay for the treatment of Ground Zero responders and workers sickened by their post-Sept. 11 service.

But it's been stuck in Congress over fears about its cost.

After eight years, the people who responded to the worst terror attacks on American soil are getting tired of waiting while more of them die, and have written Obama demanding he act.

"Their deaths have left a void in our families and have left us wondering why our country, and you, Mr. President, have not done more to help the heroes of 9/11," the letter says.