Raymond “Gonzo” Phillips, a retired FDNY firefighter died on January 27, 2018 of a heart attack triggered by an asthma attack. He contracted asthma while working with Rescue 3 on a search and recovery assignment at ground zero following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001
January 29, 2018
2018's first line of duty death was New York State Trooper Michael J. Anson. Anson developed cancer from exposure to the toxic dust he inhaled while assigned to work in search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center following the September 11, 2001 attacks. Trooper Anson died from a 9/11 related illness on January 2, 2018.
While many schools in the United States may touch on the subject of 9/11 around the anniversary of the attacks, there’s currently not a whole lot of content being taught in U.S. schools on the subject. Johnny Mautz a representative for District 37B has introduced a bill in Annapolis which would require Maryland’s public schools to bring more information and awareness on the attacks of September 11th to the classroom.
A $95.2 million settlement has been reached for the developer of New York City’s World Trade Center. The settlement claims were made against American Airlines Group Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc. and other aviation defendants related to the 9/11/01 attacks which involved the airline’s planes.
A true hero has lost his battle with 9/11 related illnesses that became pancreatic cancer. Retired FDNY Lt. Joseph Stach, Jr. died on January 7, 2018. Joe continued to exhibit bravery in the line of duty in the years after September 11, 2001 leading up to his early retirement in 2010 and throughout his fight against the 9/11 related illnesses which eventually claimed his life.
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Kelly Zemnickis is a Canadian storyteller who found herself in the role of documentary filmmaker after a Twitter encounter in December 2015 with John Feal. Feal, a 9/11 first responder turned activist and founder of the Fealgood Foundation is the subject of Zemnickis’s documentary film No Responder Left Behind.
Following 9/11 Holly Anderson worked for three months as a relief worker at Respite 1. Though she was a mother, wife, artist, poet and playwright, she did what many New Yorkers felt they had to do following the terrorist attacks, she put her life on hold and ultimately on the line. Photo courtesy Lucy Kane.