Source: On Politics
By John Toscano
Following news from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum that a permanent dedication will be erected in honor and memory of rescue and recovery at Ground Zero, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), lead House sponsor of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and its reauthorization, released the following statement:
“Thousands of 9/11 heroes still carry the wounds from their work on the pile in the form of rare cancers, pulmonary diseases and more. In the years since the attacks, 94 police officers have reportedly died of 9/11 illnesses – more than died on 9/11 – as well as 128 firefighters. We just recently lost Firefighter Ray Pfeiffer, a man who personified dignity and grace in the face of a horrible disease, and who did so much to ensure that Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to care for our 9/11 heroes. This monument to the responders and survivors impacted by the toxins at Ground Zero is for Ray and the thousands of other 9/11 heroes who sacrificed so much for so many.”
After the worst terror attack in our nation’s history, tens of thousands of rescue and recovery workers descended on Ground Zero. Their selfless acts of heroism saved lives and helped our country heal, and this memorial will be an important tribute to their service and sacrifices. On September 10, 2016, Maloney, along with Reps. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Peter T. King (NY-02), appealed to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, requesting their support for such a memorial.
Reps. Maloney, Nadler and King were the lead house sponsors of The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, which was passed by Congress in December 2015, an $8.1 billion bill that fully funds the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for five additional years and makes the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program effectively permanent.