Category Archives: Health Issues

Retired NYPD cop who says he got cancer during 9/11 fallout pushes for disability pension after two-time denial from pension fund

Francisco Velez, a retired NYPD lieutenant suffering from throat cancer, is trying for a third time to persuade officials to grant him a disability pension. NYC’s Police Pension Fund has twice denied Velez a pension while the NYPD’s Medical Board has approved him for a pension three times reports Graham Rayman in the New York Daily News. The Pension […]

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Hazardous 9/11 dust made newborn babies smaller

A new study published in the fall 2016 issue of the Journal of Human Resources has found that the dust emanating from the collapse of the World Trade Center probably contributed to negative birth outcomes for women in Lower Manhattan, reported Erika Beras in National Geographic. The study isolated lower Manhattan birth records from the 1.2 million NYC births from 1994 to […]

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Joseph O’Toole, Ground Zero FDNY hero, dead of cancer at 61

FDNY Firefighter Joseph O’Toole, known almost exclusively as “Toolie,” has died of site-related cancer, reports Larry McShane of the New York Daily News. O’Toole, 61, spent his 19-year FDNY career at Bronx firehouse 41 Truck, and spent 5 months at the World Trade Center site during the recovery. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations […]

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