Clifton firefighter who inspired 9/11 NJ law will have to pay for insurance ‘gap’

A new NJ law, the Bill Ricci World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery and Cleanup Operations Act gives disability coverage to first responders who were part of the recovery efforts at the site of the former World Trade Center site after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The man it is named for will not entirely benefit from the law, reports Matt Fagan for the North Jersey Record.

Clifton Fire Department Lt. Bill Ricci will retire later this month will have to pay for his health benefits  during the “gap” between his retirement date and the time when his disability pension is approved. His hearing is scheduled for August.

Ricci was originally denied all disability coverage because he was off-duty when he went to the World Trade Center site.

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