Slain NYPD cop’s family celebrates paid-off, renovated home from Siller Foundation

This Wednesday, Maritza Ramos, the widow of murdered NYPD Detective Rafael Ramos, celebrated at her renovated mortgage-free home in Brooklyn.

The FF Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation raised $1.2 million and paid the mortgage for the homes of Detective Ramos and his partner Detective Wenjian Liu, who was killed in the same attack, reported Maria Alvarez in Newsday. The Liu family home was ready for them last year.

Mrs. Ramos has been actively helping the families of other murdered police officers, including the families of the five Dallas law enforcement officers murdered on July 7, 2016.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors FF Stephen Siller, 34, an FDNY SOC firefighter killed by terrorists in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Zadroga now covers new-onset COPD, common illness for WTC responders

New-onset COPD has been added to the World Trade Center Health Program’s list of covered diseases. In the past, only pre-September 11 COPD exacerbated by the attacks was covered, writes Sarah Dorsey in Chief Leader. Many recovery workers and survivors of the attacks have struggled with new-onset COPD for years.

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Ailing West Milford 9/11 responder makes desperate plea for aid on billboards

Mike Megna has taken out billboards outside MetLife Stadium, by the Holland Tunnel and on New York buses. They read, “Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!” Kidney disease is currently not covered by the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act of 2010.

Megna suffers from atypical anti-glomerular basement membrane nephritis, a kidney disease so rare that only about 20 people worldwide have it, reports Lindy Washburn in The Record.

Megna spent several weeks working at the World Trade Center site as a Pompton Lakes police officer. He is no longer a police officer after being indicted and pleading guilty to hindering the prosecution of an undercover drug investigation. He was sentenced in 2008 to a form of probation.

He received some money from the Victim Compensation Fund for respiratory and digestive ailments, not for the kidney disease. He can reapply if  kidney disease becomes a listed illness with the fund.

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