Two more members of the FDNY have recently passed away due to 9/11-related illnesses. This tragic development brings the total number of first responders who have succumbed to these illnesses to 343.
Alarmingly, this is the same number of FDNY personnel who lost their lives on the day of the 9/11 attacks itself.
The ongoing impact of that fateful day continues to be felt, as the aftermath of the attacks still claims lives nearly two decades later. The health implications of the toxins released during the collapse of the World Trade Center towers have been profound, affecting countless first responders and others who were present at Ground Zero.