Sept. 11 dedication planned for rescue and recovery workers

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 31, 2017

Fifteen years to the day since recovery efforts at Ground Zero formally ended, officials announced that the men and women who spent nine months working amid its rubble will be permanently honored at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

The rescue and recovery workers came from around the nation and the world and more than 91,000 have suffered illnesses and more than 400 have died as a result of the toxic mix of dust and chemicals they were exposed to at Ground Zero, according to city data.

Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, who has championed health care for 9/11 responders and sits on the board of the museum, says he's thrilled about the dedication.

Ray Pfeifer, a almost 28-year veteran of the FDNY, died Sunday of the cancer he developed six years after he spent eight months at Ground Zero.

The dedication will examine the impact of 9/11 on the health of first responders and others.

Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have announced plans for a permanent dedication at the September 11 Memorial that would recognize rescue and recovery workers at ground zero.

"Thousands of people converged at the World Trade Center site immediately after the attacks to show the world that our city and our country were not defeated", Bloomberg said.

"We owe these men and women of the recovery a great debt of gratitude and they deserve a fitting tribute for their courage, sacrifice and bravery", said Bloomberg, whose charity is putting up half of the $1 million cost.

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