Friday, September 11, 2009

People still dying from WTC exposure

From the NY Post:

More than 800 World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers have died since 9/11 -- and cancer has killed at least 270 of those heroes, new data show.

The figures also show that 33 WTC responders committed suicide.

State researchers have tallied 817 deaths of workers and volunteers who toiled at toxic Ground Zero or the Fresh Kills landfill, where rubble was sifted.

"It's still a huge undercount," a source told The Post, adding that cases were still being collected.

The state Health Department's WTC Responder Fatalities Investigation has so far reviewed death and medical records in 642 cases and found 479 responders who succumbed to illness, including cancers.

Another 149 suffered "traumatic deaths" in such incidents as drug overdoses, car crashes, fires and assaults -- including 27 who died in the line of duty.

Another 12 died while serving in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The number of deaths documented has soared since last September, when researchers listed 664 fatalities and confirmed 224, including 94 cancer cases. The rise is largely due to city agencies and WTC medical programs sharing more records, officials said.


Anonymous said...

Among the people that are there for our country lets remember troops still in Iraq and those that were at the site who went overseas afterwards to serve.

Anonymous said...

We were mislead about the safety of the air quality at the WTC site after 9/11. That is just sad and wrong.

Anonymous said...

Just wait till the next attack! Do yuo think all the first responders are going to risk their lives knowing Bloomberg will deny them the proper care in the aftermath!?!!??!?!?!?