NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This Saturday marks 20 years since 9/11, and many first responders are still battling serious health problems.Gabby Petito Funeral Arrangements Announced As Search Continues For Brian Laundrie
They are calling attention to the need to fund the Victim Compensation Fund and to support the medical monitoring program.READ MORE: Jury Begins Deliberations In R. Kelly Trial After 6 Weeks Of Testimony
Many first responders spent weeks and months at the World Trade Center site following the attacks. More than 2,000 confirmed cancers and illnesses have been linked to the toxic dust at Ground Zero.
“We can never forget those who responded so courageously, and we have to do whatever it takes to make sure their health is protected, their families are protected, as long as we possibly can,” Pataki said.MORE NEWS: NYC Teacher, Principal Unions Warn Of School Staffing Shortages When Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect; De Blasio Says Substitutes Standing By
More than 253 FDNY firefighters have died of 9/11-related illness.