On the eve of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, there is a grim stastic: 241 NYPD agents have died of illnesses related to their work at the World Trade Center after the tragedy.
That is 10 times the number of officers who actually died when the towers came down.
& # 39; The unfortunate part is that the number continues to grow & # 39 ;, said Deputy Commissioner Robert Ganley ABC news.
On the eve of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the sad revelation comes that 241 NYPD agents have died of illnesses related to their work at the World Trade Center after the tragedy. NYPD first responders are pictured above on the scene after the tragedy
Similarly, the FDNY lost 22 members of 9/11-related disorders, and that is only since the last anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American territory. The names of nearly two dozen firefighters were added to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall (above)
& # 39; It is heartbreaking. It is very sad. It is sad for the department. It is sad for the abandoned families. & # 39;
Similarly, the FDNY lost 22 members of 9/11-related ailments, and that is only since the last anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives.
The names of the nearly two dozen fire service personnel were added to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall.
& # 39; Dedicated to the memory of those who bravely served in this department to protect New York City life and property in the rescue and repair work in Manhattan Box 5-5-8087 World Trade Center & # 39 ;, says an inscription on the wall.
A total of 202 FDNY members died of 9/11 related diseases. The division lost 343 in the actual attacks, more than any other agency that arrived on site after two planes were used as bombs to knock down the Twin Towers.
Al Qaeda terrorists who flew the planes also used a hi-jacked plane to hit the Pentagon, killing 184 people. A third plot to attack the US Capital was thwarted by the crew and passengers of a passenger plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing 40 people.
First responders at all three crash locations spent months and in many cases years digging the debris for the remains of victims.
Exposure to dust and other toxins at the World Trade Center left many respondents affected by deadly cancer. The image above shows FDNY personnel on top of the pile on the left after the destruction of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001
New research has also shown that respondents were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease in the early days after the tragedy. NYPD officers are depicted above filtered breathing masks near where the Twin Towers fell
Exposure to dust and other toxins at the World Trade Center left many respondents affected by deadly cancer.
New research has also shown that respondents were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease in the early days after the tragedy, ABC reports.
FDNY members who first came to the site were 44% more likely to get sick than those who came a day later, according to a report published Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the Yeshiva University.
& # 39; The increase in risk was significant even taking into account known (cardiovascular disease) risk factors such as age, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, diabetes and smoking & # 39 ;, David J. Prezant, professor of medicine at Einstein and chief medical officer of the FDNY told ABC.
There had also been higher rates of cardiovascular disease with prolonged exposure to Ground Zero. If you worked there for at least six months, the chance of a heart attack or stroke was 30 percent higher.
Retired NYPD investigator Luis Alvarez (above), who appeared with Jon Stewart before the congress in June to request continued healthcare support for 9/11 first responders, became one of the best known among those affected when he died shortly after meeting legislators
Police officer Gary Koch (above) was one of the members of the NYPD who died of cancer related to his exposure to the World Trade Center during search and recovery efforts. The 20-year-old veteran died on June 26, 2018. He was 55 and is survived by his wife
Police officer Richard Lopez (above) also died on 9/11-related cancer on June 24, 2018. Also a 20-year veteran of the NYPD, he is survived by his wife, daughter, and brother. He was 52
Cancer took NYPD detective Harry Valentin, a 28-veteran in the department, after serving in the recovery efforts at the World Trade Center after Sept. 11. He died on 18 May 2018 at the age of 57 and is survived by his wife
Prezant insisted on putting cardiovascular diseases on the list of 9/11 diseases that still last a lifetime.
Retired NYPD detective Luis Alvarez, who appeared before Congress in June with Jon Stewart to request continued healthcare support for first-aiders from 9/11, became one of the most well-known among the affected police when he died shortly after meeting legislators .
& # 39; You all said you would never forget it. Well, I'm here to make sure you don't do that, & Alvarez told Congress.
The 53-year-old police officer left a wife and three sons, 14, 19 and 29 years old.
Others who died of cancer before him include police officer Gary Koch, who died on June 26, 2018 at the age of 55. He is survived by his wife.
Police officer Richard Lopez who passed away on 52 June 2018 at the age of 52. The 20-year-old veteran of the NYPD is survived by his wife, daughter and brother; and Detective Harry Valentin, a 28-year-old veteran in the ward, who died on May 18, 2018, at the age of 57. He is survived by his wife.
In the meantime, the identification of victims in the attacks continues. FDNY member Michael Haub received a second funeral on September 3, after the New York medical researcher was able to identify additional remains on the site.
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