Archive of News (2007)

Death Ruled Not Homicide for Officer at Ground Zero

New York City’s chief medical examiner has decided not to reclassify the death of a police officer who worked at ground zero as a homicide linked to the attack on the twin towers because the officer did not arrive at the site until Sept. 13, 2001.

Give us clarity, Mike

One thing was clear from Mayor Bloomberg yesterday regarding how, in his words, he will find “ways to pay tribute and to memorialize those whose lives were lost because of the work that they did down at Ground Zero after the terrible tragedy of 9/11”: The mayor is not interested in the least in seeking the guidance of experts.

Medical Examiner, Differing on Ground Zero Case, Stands His Ground

No New Yorker is privy to as many secrets of the dead as Dr. Charles S. Hirsch. During nearly two decades as New York City’s chief medical examiner, he has quietly overseen autopsies on more than 100,000 people, hoping to learn something more about the way they lived, and why they died.

Set fair standards for judging WTC deaths

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Charles Hirsch sparked an uproar when he ruled on Detective James Zadroga’s cause of death. Although Zadroga had spent hundreds of hours working 9/11 rescue and recovery, although Zadroga had been grievously sickened by inhaling the Ground Zero dust, Hirsch found another reason for the fatality.

Mayor Calls Detective Hero but Adds to the Confusion

After a week of intense criticism, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg retreated yesterday from previous remarks and said a retired police detective who died at age 34 after working hundreds of hours at ground zero was indeed a hero.

A Tongue That’s Tough to Tame

Ever since Michael R. Bloomberg entered politics, he has worked hard to control his impolitic tendencies.

Mayor Backs Away From Questioning Dead Officer’s Heroism

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg backed away yesterday from his earlier statements that James Zadroga, a police detective who worked for hundreds of hours on the smoldering pile at ground zero, was “not a hero” because the city’s chief medical examiner ruled his death was not directly related to dust from the trade center site.

City Says Prescription Misuse Caused Death of Detective Who Worked at 9/11 Site

New York City’s medical examiner has concluded that it was the misuse of prescription drugs, and not toxic ground zero dust, that killed James Zadroga, a retired detective, but other experts strongly disagree.

Inhalers’ Use Found to Help 9/11 Workers

New York City firefighters who used steroid inhalers while they worked at ground zero during the early days of the rescue and recovery operations in 2001 suffered less severe respiratory problems than others, even though they were not wearing protective gear, according to a new study released yesterday.

Rejecting ’06 Finding, Report Says Detective Didn’t Die From 9/11 Dust

New York City’s chief medical examiner has concluded that the death of a city police detective who worked hundreds of hours on the smoldering debris pile at ground zero after the Sept. 11 attacks was not caused by exposure to toxic dust there.