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Fire union head says over 1,000 FDNY members suffer from Ground Zero illnesses 17 years after 9/11

FDNY Engine 44. (Mick Chester/Flickr)

The death toll for FDNY members who worked at Ground Zero continues to climb, 17 years after 9/11.

The FDNY Battalion Chief and Uniformed Fire Officers Association said Monday that 182 members have died due to work at the World Trade Center. Over 1,000 firefighters and members of the FDNY have been diagnosed with forms of cancer, respiratory problems or other 9/11-related illnesses.

“They toiled in that toxic stew day-in and day-out, 24-7, performing a mission that no one else could,” said Jake Lemonda, president of UFOA.

“Not once did any of these members, who are battling for their life, say that they regretted responding.”

Eighteen more names were added to the FDNY’s 9/11 Memorial Wall just last week.

Retired firefighter Jimmy Martinez died last month of bone marrow cancer caused by Ground Zero toxins.


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