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

(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.

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.
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)
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