More 9/11 Cops Died of Cancer Than in 9/11 Attacks
Yet they are not eligible for compensation: NYDN
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2011 2:14 PM CDT
NYPD police officer Ken Radigan rubs his eyes after briefly sleeping in a pew at St. Paul's Episcopal Chapel, near the site of the World Trade Center attack, September 21, 2001 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Since September 11, 2001, 45 NYPD officers have died of cancer. It may not seem like a huge number, until you consider that it’s nearly twice as many as the 23 who died in the 9/11 terror attacks—and that hundreds of other cops also have the disease. But even though, as one official says, “we know with absolute certainty that our members were exposed to unprecedented levels of cancer-causing materials when they responded,” doctors haven’t linked the cancer cases to Ground Zero—so the officers can’t be compensated under the Zadroga Law, the New York Daily News reports. Read the full article for stories from four of the officers.

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jamiealex1569
Aug 22, 2011 10:15 AM CDT
see this is why i cant stand our government! these responders came running to the aid of our people, our country with no questions asked, and now you mean to tell me our gov. WONT take care of them? The gov. can bail out the greedy on wall street, banks, and other countries, but Wont come to the aid of these heroic people!!! Obama needs to open his eyes, and ears, and get the priorities of our country straight!!!! screw other countries! right now our AMERICAN people need the assistance, and the money that we as tax payers paid, used for us AMERICAN people!!!!! We need to help our heros from 9/11 who helped us without thinking twice about comming to our rescue!!! Now it's our turn to come to theirs!!!!!
Count-Spatula
Aug 22, 2011 4:16 AM CDT
Come and get it. Step right up and have your ailment rejected by a corporate death panel! Come one, come all. Remember corporate-approved death panels are better than Obama care death panels for... wait, remind me why corporate death panels are ok, again?
ImaYID
Aug 21, 2011 11:57 PM CDT
Congress and the HoRs can suck my wang. We have a duty to treat all humans, not just these heroes! Cancel some DARPA missile research program and pay for everyone's healthcare with an emphasis on preventative medicine. Boehner might call that budget neutral.