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Funeral for Joseph Zadroga, advocate for health benefits for 9/11 first responders sickened at Ground Zero
Zadroga, 76, of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, was struck and killed earlier this month in a hospital parking lot where he had been visiting his ailing wife.
After his son’s death in 2006, Joe Zadroga essentially put his retirement on hold and became a prime advocate for increased federal health benefits for those suffering from Ground Zero health issues.
“We owe it to the heroes of 9/11 to ensure they are duly compensated, no matter how much time has passed since the September 11th attacks,” Sen. Joseph Lagana (D-Bergen) said in a statement.
The possibility of a suspension vote, which would allow leadership to limit floor debate and amendments, angered both blue state Republicans and the right flank of the party.
Under the bill, responders would be eligible for benefits, regardless of when the claim is filed, provided that the worker was treated or monitored through the World Trade Center Health Program.
David McShane died of cancer linked to his service at ground zero in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.
The legislation would provide workers’ compensation benefits to public safety employees who experienced any illness or injury or died as a result of their participation in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.
After losing his son James, Joe became a fierce advocate to insure that the immediate responders and their families would be recognized, understood and compensated for their patriotic and brave service.
136 federal, state and local law enforcement officers died in the line of duty compared to 224 officers in 2022.
Growing Up Under a Cloud: Jan. 29 Deadline for Public Comment on Youth Cohort for World Trade Center Health Program
The program proposes to track the health of people exposed as children to toxic debris from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.