Firefighters lost to 9/11 illnesses top 300 with latest deaths

  • Source: Newsday - Metered Site
  • Published: 09/23/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: The death toll of firefighters felled by 9/11-related illnesses has surpassed 300, with one of the latest victims buried Thursday following a funeral Mass in Floral Park. Retired FDNY Battalion Chief Joseph McKie, 60, who died Sunday, was transported to Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in an America-flag-draped casket atop a fire truck. Hundreds of firefighters lined the streets to pay their respects. At a news conference before the funeral, leaders of firefighter labor unions urged Congress to reauthorize funding for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act before the money runs out in three years. “We are unfortunately here today with the proof that … the damages are ongoing,” said Andrew Ansbro, president of the FDNY Uniformed Firefighters Association.


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