9/11 first responders

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Efforts To Re-Authorize 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Continue

March 05, 2019 - 6:00 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The effort to re-authorize the compensation fund for victims of the terror attacks on September 11th has support coming from both sides of the Hudson River.

“I've had three operations, all minor. I have friends dying from 9/11. I have friends that got killed on 9/11,” said Paul Nunziato, who spent over 1,000 hours at Ground Zero.

Nunziato says it’s only fair that he is compensated for his illnesses. He’s had throat, sinus and other problems, according to WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

He also was the president of the Port Authorities’ Police Benevolent Association.

North Jersey congressman Josh Gottheimer agrees with Nunziato and believes America needs to do more for the first responders.

“They are heroes and need our help and the idea that we’re gonna walk away from them is simply unacceptable,” Gottheimer said.

The fund was created by the federal government in 2011 to compensate for the deaths and illnesses link to the toxic dust that swirled through Lower Manhattan after terrorists crash airplanes into the World Trade Center in 2001. It is expected to expire in 2020.

Dozens of congress members are scrambling to secure more money for those still suffering. New victims file with the VCF every day and the need is soon expected to soar to $5 billion.