Pennsylvania 9/11 EMT with days left to live hopes to move into renovated home with his wife

Margaret and Nick Ursta are high school sweethearts from Pennsylvania who just celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in the hospital, where Nick was being treated for terminal lung cancer.

Both were EMTs from White Oak Rescue who spent a week at the site of the World Trade Center, treating recovery workers for injuries.

Nick became ill in 2017. He has been trying to renovate their house, to no avail, until a local reporter arranged for volunteers to work on the house and companies to donate supplies. The Urstas hope to move in this weekend, reports John Shumway for KDKA.

Nick is hoping to live long enough to make it to the move.

Posted in Health Issues | Comments closed

Tears, grief mark 17th anniversary of Indonesia’s Bali bombings

On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered at a candlelight vigil to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Bali bombings, lighting incense and laying wreaths. 202 people were killed in the terrorist attack on a Balinesian nightclub.

Like the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the Bali attack killed people from around the world. Australia lost the most people, with 88 Australians killed in the attack, but victims came from more than 20 countries, reports AFP.

Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), an al Qaeda affiliate group, was responsible for the bombings. The leading bombers of the Bali attack have been jailed, executed, or killed by police.

Posted in 9/11 Community | Comments closed

Hundreds of Guardsmen fall through cracks of 9/11 programs

More than 8,000 National Guard soldiers worked during the recovery efforts after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, mostly providing security at the site. Many of them, like all recovery workers, are now suffering from their work.

Many of the National Guard have not been told they are eligible for health care, or suffer from conditions not covered under the WTC Health Program. Those that know about the coverage often do not have help with the complicated application procedure. Also, some National Guard soldiers were sent to the site under the auspices of the state; others came under federal Article 10 activation. Federal and state activations have different levels of compensation and benefits. To add to the confusion,  Veterans Affair coverage isn’t guaranteed, as it covers only those soldiers who serve for at least 20 years or those who served in combat zones.

Many National Guard soldiers feel forgotten and ignored.

A new foundation, the Schoene Foundation for 9/11 NYARNG Family Support, has been organized to created to help soldiers, reports Shenandoah Briere for the Cortland Standard.

Posted in 9/11 Community, Health Issues | Comments closed
  • One World Observatory

    Learn more about the One World Observatory complimentary ticket program.

  • Categories

  • From the Newsletter

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Shawn Nassaney 911 Mile Challenge

      September 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
    2. Veterans needed to carry the Ground Zero Flag in the 2019 Veterans Day Parade

      September 18 @ 8:00 am - November 11 @ 9:00 am
    3. Dine with a Purpose and Support the Ray Pfeifer Foundation – Lindenhurst, NY

      October 9 @ 8:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm
    4. “A Bronx Tale” Screening, Dinner and Q&A with Chazz Palminteri

      October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    5. Out of the Darkness Long Island Walk supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Wantagh, NY

      October 27 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm