Widow seeks Ground Zero victim recognition for husband

Hudson Valley News 12 

One woman wants more to be done for those who died from breathing the toxic fumes and dust at Ground Zero.

Jacqueline Lopez's husband, Luis, was a lieutenant in the NYPD. His job after the attack was to guard the pile during the early recovery efforts.

Jacqueline Lopez’s husband, Luis, was a lieutenant in the NYPD. His job after the attack was to guard the pile during the early recovery efforts.

Jacqueline Lopez’s husband, Luis, was a lieutenant in the NYPD. His job after the attack was to guard the pile of rubble during the early recovery efforts.

“There have been almost 1,800 deaths related to 9/11 illnesses since 2001,” Lopez says.

In May 2012, Luis became sick.

“”We went to four different hospitals and they finally, at Mount Sinai, were able to do a lung biopsy and diagnose him with [a] 9/11 illness,” Lopez says.

Luis died on June 16. Jacqueline doesn’t want to take away from remembrances of the thousands of innocent people murdered on 9/11, but she feels that more should be done to remember and honor people like Luis who are also victims.

“So many volunteers, construction workers, EMS; they went down there trying to help,” she says. “They breathed in the toxic fumes and so many have died.”

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