Coalition wants monument for 9/11 first responders

Created: 05/02/2014 8:42 PM WHEC.com

The push is on for a monument honoring rescue workers who were possibly sickened by toxins at the World Trade Center.

A coalition of New York elected officials, labor leaders and survivor advocates said Friday a monument would help tell the full story of sacrifice and loss stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

They say people who helped dig for survivors are suffering from illnesses or have since died from working in the smoky, dust-filled rubble at ground zero.

The federal government says about 30,000 people are enrolled in its multibillion-dollar fund for people with an illness related to the attacks.

Advocate Jeff Feal says a monument would complement memorials for 9/11 victims while paying tribute to the many people who rushed into danger to help.

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