Former FDNY Firefighter Here in Lowcountry, Speaks Out About First Responders Bill Expiring

A federal bill called the Zadroga Act meant to help 9/11 first responders with medical bills, has expired. The funding, set to expire in 2016. Now, one Summerville man who responded to ground zero, is speaking out.

David McDonough is retired from NYFD and suffers now from low lung capacity after breathing in dust, debris at the site for months.

“There are thousand of guys.. for them it ended that day… thousands are sick now, and worse off than me.”

He recalls going back to visit the site with his son.. years later, who on 9/11/ 2001 was only 2 years old.

“He just,  he grabbed me and he started to cry.. at that point, I realized how lucky I was.”

“Not reauthorizing the bill, that’s big. I did the numbers and you don’t really think about it too often .. because it’s there.. and you are talking 1000 per month in medicines.”

Now, supporters including Jon Stewart, lobbying to renew the whole law. But a bill introduced to do so, has been stuck in committee ever since. McDonough has written to South Carolina lawmakers in Washington D.C.

Senator Tim Scott had this to say:

“I am committed to working in a bipartisan manner to ensure these programs remain available for the individuals who have become ill due to their efforts in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. I believe we can accomplish this goal in a fiscally responsible manner.”

 

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