First responders who fell sick after 9/11 dying of COVID-19

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Many first responders and construction workers who developed cancer and other illnesses after 9/11 are now falling sick with — and dying of — COVID-19, according to a new report. 

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A number of 9/11 first responders “have been unable to fight off the virus, becoming victims of two of the deadliest events of the 21st century,” Newsday reported

Michael Barasch, the managing partner at a Manhattan-based law firm that represents thousands of first responders and New York City residents who fell sick after the September 11 attacks, told the outlet 22 of the firm's clients have died of COVID-19. 

Barasch said he believes that number will eventually soar into the hundreds as the death certificates of other members of the 9/11 community who have died in recent months are released. 

“First the government lied to us (about the air quality at Ground Zero). Then they get sick. And now they die,” he told the outlet. “It’s all because we were not prepared with the proper respiratory protection back in 2001. And sadly, we were not prepared this time either.” 

A Long Island truck driver who hauled debris from Ground Zero after 9/11 and a former Yonkers fire captain who was a 9/11 first responder are among those who have succumbed to COVID-19, Newsday reported.

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