Queens street renamed for 9/11 hero FDNY Chief Ronald Spadafora

A Queens intersection has been named for FDNY Chief Ronald Spadafora, a 40-year veteran of the Fire Department who led the recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The corner of Rockaway Boulevard and 90th Street has been renamed Chief Ronald Spadafora Way.

Chief Spadafora died in 2018 of site-related cancer. He was 63, reports CBS New York.

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N.Y. lawmakers push for 9/11 Heroes’ Bills in Albany

Three bills that would help the 9/11 community are being voted on today in Albany. Collectively known as the “9/11 Heroes’ Bills,” one concerns unlimited sick leave for all NYC workers sick from the September 11 terrorist attacks, one requests that more doctors be added to the NYC employees’ retirement system so that 9/11-related diagnoses can be made more quickly; the third asks the FDNY to classify certain cancers as site-related if they’re contracted by retirees within five years of retirement.

CBS news reports.

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WTC Health Program director: half of 9/11 firefighters have lung issues

Dr. Jacqueline Moline, who has worked with the sick of 9/11 for years, disclosed at the June 11, 2019 U.S. House of Representatives’ committee hearing that more than 50% of the firefighters who worked the recovery effort now have “persistent respiratory conditions.”

She also stated that as many as 20,000 more people could be diagnosed with site-related cancers in addition to the roughly 12,000 site-related cancers reported thus far among the 9/11 community, reports Bob Hennelly for The Chief Leader.

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