NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This Saturday marks 20 years since 9/11, and many first responders are still battling serious health problems.Driver Being Questioned After 15-Year-Old Girl Struck, Killed By School Bus In Brooklyn Hit-And-Run
They are calling attention to the need to fund the Victim Compensation Fund and to support the medical monitoring program.READ MORE: Experts Say 'Blue Monday' Is A Good Reminder To Reach Out To Those Who May Be In Need Of Emotional Support
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: Yonkers Police Officer Injured After Altercation With Armed Suspect
More than 253 FDNY firefighters have died of 9/11-related illness.