With each new mass shooting, San Bernardino terror attack victims worry about being ‘forgotten’

Three years have passed since the December 2, 2015 San Bernardino terror attack killed 14 people and wounded 22. Some of the 57 survivors of the workplace shooting by ISIS supporters spoke to Richard K. De Atley of The Press-Enterprise about PTSD, how other shootings affect them, and how hard it was to get help.

A workers’ comp attorney interviewed said that roughly 80% of her clients from San Bernardino will be taking medical retirement.

While local authorities say they went beyond the call of duty in helping the victims, victims have tales of delays and denials that made their predicaments even harder to bear.

The constant news of other shootings reopens wounds as well.

“As each one happens, the other one is being forgotten. There was a shooting at a synagogue just before Thousand Oaks, and then by Thousand Oaks, the synagogue is forgotten. These are scores of people being murdered, and each one before is forgotten,” said Julie Swann-Paez who lost part of her pelvis in the attack.

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NYPD detective donates kidney after seeing Times Square billboard

On December 4, 2018, Detective Michael Lollo, 46, a 19-year NYPD veteran, will donate a kidney to a stranger he will never meet. All he will know is that she is a 59-year-old married to a Marine veteran.

He applied to donate a kidney to a colleague, but did not get a response. He then saw a billboard asking for a kidney, and applied to donate, but did not match.

He discussed his motivations and his lengthy testing process with Stephanie Pagones and Aaron Feis of the NY Post.

“To know that you can help someone, it seems such a small sacrifice on my part to help someone in such a tremendous way,” he said.

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Huntington Town Board dedicates Commack Street after local 9/11 hero Lt. Walter Malone

Huntington Town Board has renamed Commack’s Calvert Avenue “FDNY Lieutenant Walter F. Malone Way,” reports Long Island News.

Lt. Malone, of the elite unit Rescue 2 and E-214, died of World Trade Center-related respiratory illness in August of 2017. A 34-year veteran of the FDNY, he joined his captain, John Vigiano, Sr. on the pile. Captain Vigiano lost both his sons in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

He was also a Korean War veteran.

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