Death of Detective Tied to Toxic Fumes From Ground Zero
By KAREEM FAHIM
Published: April 12, 2006
For the first time, the death of an emergency responder has been formally linked to the hours he logged picking through dust-filled wreckage of the World Trade Center site four-and-a-half years ago, the authorities said.
Officer James Zadroga, Jr., a New York Police Department detective who was one of thousands of police officers, firefighters and other emergency workers who spent weeks working amid the noxious fumes and smoke — protected only by a thin paper mask — died on Jan. 5 of pulmonary disease and respiratory failure, a series of debilitating sicknesses that took hold in his lungs in late 2001.
A coroner in New Jersey, where Mr. Zadroga lived, made the link in a recent autopsy report that was made public Tuesday by the Detectives' Endowment Association, Mr. Zadroga's union. The coroner, Dr. Gerard Breton, a pathologist at the Ocean County, N.J. medical examiner's office, said the death was, "directly related to the 9/11 incident."
You will of course recall that the Environmental Protection Agency within three days after the incident declared air quality at the disaster site non-hazardous, at the direct behest of the White House and contrary to any actual scientific evidence. Consequently, the deaths and disabilties of this incident have been added to by God alone knows how many, as a direct result of our own government's cowardice and stupidity.
In my mind, this is one of the most shameful and despicable betrayals in history. Of all people, the emergency responders, rescue workers, and volunteers who were already putting life and limb in danger working at "Ground Zero" deserved the most and the best that our society could give them. Instead, they were treated as expendables, lied to, and sent to even greater danger and more certain harm than they knew of.
I suppose this bit of history, will, in time be overshadowed by the equally heinous treason of having sent off our armed forces to a needless and fraudulently justified war, but it is every bit as dastardly and foul a bit of corruption.
Leonato: "I thank you, princes, for my daughter's death:
Record it with your high and worthy deeds:
'Twas bravely done, if you bethink you of it."
W. Shakespeare, "Much Ado About Nothing," Act 5, Scene 1