Three 9/11 first responders died of cancer on the same day


The Living Force
The three deaths come as advocates for the first responders call on Congress to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The law was passed in 2010, and helped to ensure proper monitoring and treatment for first responders and survivors who face potential life-threatening health effects as a result of the attacks.

Three 9/11 first responders died of cancer on the same day

Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 - “Losing three firefighters on the same day to WTC-related illnesses is a painful reminder that, 13 years later, we continue to pay a terrible price for the Department’s heroic efforts on September 11th,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement.

The FDNY lost 343 firefighters on 9/11 and 92 more since then ‒ including the three men ‒ due to illnesses directly related to contaminated air at Ground Zero, CBS News reported.

First responders began showing health problems soon after the attacks, with 99 percent of exposed firefighters reporting at least one new respiratory illness, according to NYC Resources 9/11 Health Statistics.

Michael B-C

FOTCM Member
Shocking and deeply sad; the statistics remain sobering 13 years on. When one thinks of the courage and dedication to selfless duty of so many of these brave men and women who were they decimated as ‘collateral damage’ by the psychopaths behind this evil act, it sickens the heart. I have searched in vain for any studies that show near comparable high rates of post event mortality for fire fighters involved in other high-rise fires and or collapses. I can find no evidence anywhere that it is of statistical importance. Yet the world still ignores the implication behind the extreme numbers of deaths post 9/11 of responders.

I don’t know if this study has been highlighted on the forum before but if not, I would draw your attention to a 2010 report by a team of eminent medical examiners who studied in detail a large sample of sufferers.

“The goal of this study was to determine the pathophysiologic basis for the observed reductions in lung function in this selected group referred for pulmonary subspecialty evaluation”.

Their conclusions were clear;

“Our results demonstrate that for the vast majority of our patients, respirable particulate matter and other pollutants (eg, combustion by products) released by the WTC collapse caused airway injury rather than interstitial lung disease”.

The report disregards any correlation between the large number of illnesses and any other cause, instead placing the blame firmly on inhalation of the ‘dust’ from the collapsing WTC.

Further they state:

“The WTC collapse produced a massive exposure to respirable particulates, with the larger-size dust fractions having a pH ranging from 9 to 11, leading to an alkaline “burn” of mucosal surfaces. Inorganic material was also concentrated in the large particles. 1,20 WTC dust produced pulmonary inflammation and airway hyperreactivity in mice 34 and a dose-dependent cytokine response in cultured human alveolar macrophages. 35 Induced sputum from FDNY fire fighters, 10 months after their WTC exposure, showed high levels of particulates and evidence of continuing inflammation. 36 These studies provide a biologically plausible rationale for the ongoing impact of WTC exposure producing acute and chronic inflammation resulting in decreased lung function within months of exposure, 2-5 followed by the development of airways obstruction and the continued need for pulmonary evaluation months to years later”.

The surprise of the paper is no apparent effort made to identify the exact nature and composition of the ‘respirable particulates’ other than to blame “other pollutants (eg combustion by products)” and note that ‘they’ produced extreme inflammation upon immediate contact. The extremely high pH range of 9-11 (is that not deeply symbolic in itself!) is suggestive of elements in a highly concentrated form. So we have a one off case of high incidence of post collapse death and the tell-tell signs of highly concentrated organic and inorganic compounds, but no attempt to follow through and find out what the precise nature of these particles was so that they caused such a unique medical condition. Sad. If they did, they would surely have uncovered agents of toxicity that have absolutely no relation to dust or building contents but some other highly destructive agent connected to the demolition of the building.
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