EMT suffering from 9/11 cancer loses shot at disability pension

Jennifer Dougherty was an EMT for NYC who worked at Fresh Kills sifting through debris from the collapsed World Trade Center. She is now suffering from site-related ovarian cancer, but was forced to retire once all her sick leave was used. Her disability pension is caught up in red tape, because her illness is less than a year old.

Firefighters, police officers and city Sanitation workers have unlimited sick leave for line-of-duty illnesses; EMTs and the Transport Workers Union do not have this benefit. A bill that would grant these unlimited sick leave to these workers has passed the Senate, but is not law yet.

“I’m feeling like I was kicked twice,”  “I worked for this city and I always gave them everything I could, but it’s not good enough,” Dougherty told New York Daily News reporter Thomas Tracy.

A spokesperson for the city said a solution was pending, but did not elaborate.

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