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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