Six years after 9/11, the personal repercussions are still being felt in America. Thousands died in the terrorist attacks, and their families received compensation. But many rescuers who struggled to help in the dreadful conditions are still suffering.
Democrat Carolyn Maloney says they have been forgotten: “On 9/11, three thousand people lost their lives, many thousands more lost their health. We provided compensation for the innocent Americans who lost their lives, but not for the men and women who ran in to protect and try to save them, who then became sick or died as a result.”
Former New York policeman John Walcott was at Ground Zero. He is fighting leukaemia, and believes it is linked to the toxic conditions. “It’s frustrating to know, back then you didn’t know,” he said. “You just went to help people, now that you find out, you read that they knew the air was bad and they still sent you in there.”