Retired FDNY firefighter John Elges dies from 9/11-related cancer

Retired FDNY Firefighter John Elges has died of World Trade Center-related brain and neck cancer at the age of 60. The disease metastasized to his lungs.

Elges began his career with the FDNY in 1985, was highly decorated during his career, and ended it as a member of Ladder 134 in 2009. He spent 10 days on the pile during the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.

His cancer diagnosis came in 2015, report Thomas Tracy and Esha Ray of the NY Daily News.

His wake and funeral information are here.

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Governor enacts law extending sign-up for WTC-related benefits

The deadline for September 11th rescue and recovery workers, survivors, residents, and volunteers to file a Notice of Participation has been extended until September 11, 2022.

Signing a Notice of Participation is a prerequisite for joining the World Trade Center Health Program and applying for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund reports Bob Hennelly of the Chief-Leader.

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After 9/11 anniversary, House approves grants for Ground Zero memorial

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to provide federal funds for the upkeep of the national memorials to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon, Shankville, PA, and in New York.

The 9/11 Memorial Act authorizes up to $25 million a year in federal grants to maintain the memorials and to be used for security, day-to-day operations, and educational programs.

To see video of the 9/11 Memorial Act floor speech, please click here.

The Act now goes to the Senate for voting, reports Jonathan D. Salant of NJ Advance Media for NJ.com.

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