Archive of News (2009)

News stories by year:

Family tears mix with firefighters’ anger as sefless 9/11 responder is laid to rest

Braving icy winds, hundreds of firefighters eulogized colleague Jim Ryan Tuesday as a true 9/11 hero who was snubbed in death by the city he proudly served. Continue reading

Death of 9/11 firefighter hero Jim Ryan overshadowed by ‘flashier’ Flight 253 terrorism story

Jim Ryan and his family didn’t know he had been killed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. 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 Continue reading

Family’s anger at FDNY’s snub of wake for 9/11 hero James Ryan

The somber wake for Long Island firefighter James Ryan Sunday was filled with sadness and anger. Continue reading

Forgotten to the max: Sick Montana town gets aid while WTC heroes stay forgotten

As Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson did, as Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu did, as Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd did – and as New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand did not do – Montana Sen. Max Baucus got a big special something for his state in the Senate health care bill
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Hero 9/11 first responder Jim Ryan dies of pancreatic cancer on Christmas Day

Sept. 11 first responder Jim Ryan did not make it through Christmas. The former firefighter who spent months in the toxic rubble of Ground Zero succumbed to pancreatic cancer two hours into Christmas Day, his family said Continue reading

Hero FDNY firefighter Jim Ryan, dying of pancreatic cancer, makes plea to Congress to pass 9/11 bill

It’s time, Jim Ryan wanted to tell Congress Wednesday, as hundreds of his fellow Sept. 11 responders journeyed to Capitol Hill. Continue reading

9/11’s delayed legacy: cancer for many of the rescue workers

A spate of recent deaths of New York police and fire officers who took part in the emergency operation at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks has heightened fears that it could be the start of a delayed epidemic of cancer-related illness. Continue reading

World Trade Center Workers Twice as Likely to Have Asthma

World Trade Center rescue and cleanup workers have asthma rates twice that of the general population, a new study shows. Continue reading

Heroism and horror: Detective James Zadroga’s sacrifice at WTC must not be in vain

The statement of NYPD Detective James Zadroga to the 9/11 Commission, excerpted in the adjacent column, should be a must-read for every member of Congress. Continue reading

New Survey Shows More Illnesses Linked to 9/11

Tosh Anderson, of the Beyond Ground Zero Network, explains why the federal government needs to do more for Ground Zero workers and residents who are chronically ill. Continue reading