Special Installation for Ground Zero Workers
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A special ceremony was held Tuesday for the 29 police officers who died after getting sick from working at ground zero following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The badges and names of the officers will be on permanent display at the New York City Police Museum, reports WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond. Next month, the display will move to the rotunda of the Russell Office Building in Washington D.C. as senators take up the 9/11 healthcare bill.
“This nation has a huge responsibility to fund the medical treatment of those officers who are suffering, who are losing their careers and too often their lives,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
One of them was Sgt. Edward Thompson of Queens, who spent months at ground zero only to die at age 39 of aggressive cancer, said his mother, Barbara.
“He worried about, he knew others were gonna become sick because there were so many without masks,” she said.
Supporters of the Zadroga Bill said it will die if it fails to pass in the lame duck session.