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The Treasury Took $4M From 9/11 Program: Report

'I mean, this is absurd'

(Newser) - A health care program that serves 9/11 first responders is nearly $4 million short because the Trump administration shifted those dollars away to another program, the New York Daily News reports. In fact, the Treasury Dept. has quietly siphoned money from the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program—which covers... More »

Young Daughter of First Responders Dies of COVID

Skylar Herbert, 5, is Michigan's youngest victim

(Newser) - Michigan has its first child fatality of the COVID-19 outbreak. The parents of 5-year-old Skylar Herbert took her off a ventilator on Sunday after doctors said she had no hope of recovery and was likely brain-dead, reports the Detroit News . Skylar started having headaches about a month ago, and a... More »

Police Chief to Feds: Stop Testing NBA Players

He says he is having a hard time getting officers tested for coronavirus

(Newser) - A California police chief urged White House officials to make testing first responders for coronavirus a priority during a conference call between police chiefs and White House and Homeland Security officials. "Stop testing NBA players, and start testing our first responders," Vacaville police chief John Carli said during... More »

Calif. School Shooting Had Surprise First Responders

That was the 'silver lining,' says LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva

(Newser) - Amid yet another school shooting, a ray of hope: two off-duty officers and a detective who rushed to help, USA Today reports. "Off-duty first responders were there and did not hesitate, turned around and went right into the source of the gunfire to attempt to neutralize it, and they... More »

Rand Paul Puts His Foot Down Over 9/11 Bill

The Kentucky senator won't let it pass unanimously

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday blocked fast-track approval of a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, the AP reports. Paul objected to a request by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, to approve the bill by unanimous... More »

Ex-Cop Who Testified With Jon Stewart on 9/11 Fund Dies

Former NYPD detective Luis Alvarez, 53, died of complications of colorectal cancer

(Newser) - When Jon Stewart lambasted lawmakers at a hearing earlier this month, Luis Alvarez was one of the first responders at his side, making his own impassioned plea to the House Judiciary subcommittee to stop dragging its feet on re-funding the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Now, sad news from Long... More »

Stewart: Mitch McConnell Is 'White Whale' of 9/11 Funding

'He has always held out until the very last minute'

(Newser) - Jon Stewart kept up the pressure on Congress to pass funding for 9/11 first responders in a Fox News Sunday appearance—and slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the "white whale" of the issue. "I want to make it clear that this has never been dealt with... More »

Medics Meet Boy They Saved After Horrific School Bus Crash

Maverik Lowe nearly died in Indiana accident last year

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Indiana boy who survived a bus stop crash that killed three young siblings has met the medics who saved his life, per the AP . Maverik Lowe's mother wrote on Facebook that her son on Saturday met with a nurse and a paramedic who treated him during a... More »

9/11 Firefighter Died, but Kids Fulfill His Shark Tank Dream

Keith Young's children pitched his Cup Board Pro

(Newser) - Keith Young invented the Cup Board Pro, a cutting board with a detachable bowl attached, and he dreamed of bringing it on Shark Tank. But the New York City firefighter, who helped with Ground Zero cleanup after 9/11, died in March of cancer related to the World Trade Center attacks... More »

He Was Having a Heart Attack. He Really Wanted to Finish His Sod

First responders stepped in for Gene Work and finished his chore while he had surgery

(Newser) - It was a hot, humid day in Pasco County, Fla., on Saturday, and Gene Work was trying to beat the clock to lay down sod in his yard so he wouldn't face a fine from his homeowners association. But the 40-year-old, who was working with his brother-in-law Mark Rouco,... More »

He Guessed Shooting Victim Was Older Than 15. It Saved Her

Lt. Laz Ojeda made the call to take Parkland victim not to a children's hospital, but to a closer facility

(Newser) - Maddy Wilford was shot multiple times in the Parkland school massacre and was near death as first responders tended to her after the shooting. But an observant Coral Springs Fire Department lieutenant asked the teen an important question as they prepared to whisk her away, and it was one that... More »

They're FEMA's Elite Rescuers, Yet Some Do Little Rescuing

Bureaucracy, too much gear, and other inefficiencies are marring response efforts

(Newser) - They're called the "national Swiss Army knife of emergency response," teams of highly trained first responders sent by FEMA across the US when disaster strikes. But when hurricanes pummeled Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico last summer, many of the thousands deployed via the agency's National Urban... More »

Father and Son, Both 9/11 Responders, Have Died

FDNY's Raymond and Robert Alexander passed away within a year of each other

(Newser) - They were healthy, with no history of cancer in the family, but within a year of each other, a father and son have died—the 76-year-old dad last year after fighting seven different cancers over 13 years. The common link: Both Raymond Alexander and his son, Robert, who died Monday... More »

Stabbed 32 Times, Left to Die ... Saved by Prince Charming

Happy ending for domestic abuse survivor and the EMT who saved her life

(Newser) - The first time Cameron Hill met Melissa Dohme, it was on the worst day of her life, she tells People —and earlier this month, they celebrated her (and their) best day. In what the 25-year-old describes as "a dream come true" on Facebook , the couple became husband and... More »

9/11 Responder With Rare Illness Makes Billboard Plea

'Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!'

(Newser) - A 9/11 first responder with kidney disease close to losing his New Jersey home is taking his plight public in a big way: through his website and a series of tri-state area billboards, the Record reports. "Add Kidney Disease for 9/11 Rescue Workers!" the signs outside MetLife Stadium... More »

Health Program for Sept. 11 Responders Expires

72K beneficiaries may stop receiving federal health care by next September

(Newser) - A law that provides medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders expired at midnight Wednesday due to the failure of Congress to act. For now, first responders who rushed to the World Trade Center after the 2001 terrorist attacks, worked for weeks, and now suffer from illnesses like... More »

Time's Almost Up for 9/11 Survivors Fund

WTC Health Program will run out of money next year, leaving 70K without coverage

(Newser) - Marcy Borders, the 9/11 survivor known as the "Dust Lady" for the iconic photo of her emerging from a devastated World Trade Center, died Tuesday at the age of 42 from stomach cancer, reports CNN . Illnesses like hers, and dozens of other chronic diseases and afflictions suffered by survivors... More »

Stewart Will Keep Pushing Congress After Show Ends

Expect a visit to DC this fall for 9/11 responders' fund

(Newser) - It's not clear what Jon Stewart will be up to once his Daily Show ends next week, but Politico reports that he'll still be a political agitator in at least one area: money for 9/11 first responders and survivors. Stewart has not only championed the issue on his... More »

New Cologne Lets You Smell Like a Boston Firefighter

Scents include rubber and smoke

(Newser) - Is there any better way to pay tribute to Boston's first-responders than trying to smell like them? Probably, but Demeter is putting out a new cologne anyway called First Response—Boston, which has scents "overlaid with white rubber and smoke." It also has plenty of spices and... More »

Boston-Area Dunkin' Donuts Stay Open ... for Cops

Serving free coffee, of course

(Newser) - The entire city of Boston and most of its surrounding neighborhoods are on lockdown. Authorities have been all but begging residents to stay home and businesses to stay closed. And yet reports started to creep up that there was an exception: Dunkin' Donuts. The chain is an institution in the... More »

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