It's been two years since the death of NYPD Detective James Zadroga, who succumbed to an illness believed to be the result of his exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.
Three New York members of Congress are commemorating the day by pledging to redouble their efforts to provide care for all 9/11 heroes.
Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Vito Fossella (R-NY) are pushing for passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which would provide medical monitoring to everyone exposed to Ground Zero toxins and treatment for anyone who is sick as a result.
Zadroga, an NYPD homicide detective and 9/11 responder, died on January 5, 2006. In April 2006, the Ocean County Medical Examiner determined that Detective Zadroga’s death was caused by his work at Ground Zero, the first time that any government agency had directly linked a death to the toxic aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.