Uniformed Firefighters Association Union President Gerard Fitzgerald, center, discusses major cuts of federal funds fo 9/11 first responders during a press conference. (Byron Smith for New York Daily News)
Nearly half of the 15,000 FDNY firefighters, officers and medics who were working on 9/11 — and survived — have gotten sick from their exposure to the toxins that swirled around the World Trade center site, union officials said Friday.
“We’re in hospitals every day and see dead firemen on a regular basis who have succumbed to very serious, very rare cancers,” said Uniformed Firefighters Association Staten Island Trustee Eric Bischoff, who is also battling a cancer connected to his time working at Ground Zero. “We have thousands of firefighters that have all different forms of cancers, and many that are far more sick than I.”