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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September 11 hero Angela Green from Valley Stream struggles with cancer

Angela Green, an Army veteran and NYPD officer, was diagnosed with World Trade Center-related breast cancer in 2011. Since then, she has struggled with many health issues, some of which are side effects from cancer treatment. She has just found that her cancer may have returned, writes Melissa Koenig for the Long Island Herald.

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, a federal program that helped Green and many others, is now in danger of running out of funds. Local lawmakers have written to Congress, asking for permanent funds so that other people made ill by the attacks can be assisted.

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FDNY firefighter group headed to Florida as Hurricane Michael batters state

The FDNY’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), a Red Cross-affiliated team of active and retired firefighters, is preparing to help Hurricane Michael victims in Florida. They just returned last week from a 14-day deployment to Hurricane Florence, reports WCBS 880.

DART team president Doug Bainton told reporters, “We’ll be sending more messages out, gathering the list, confirming names, and all that, but I know for a fact that we’ll have at least 10 that will turn around and go right back out.”

One of the primary duties of the team is distribution of supplies.

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