First Responders

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says New York City will have to cover a $4 million shortfall to a program that helps 9/11 first responders pay for medical bills. The federal government removed funds to the World Trade Center Health Program to settle debts with the city over several years.

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Wednesday was the first anniversary of the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund’s permanent reauthorization. It guarantees that those poisoned by Ground Zero toxins and their families will have access to health care for the rest of their lives. 

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The health effects of COVID-19 pose an extra danger to people with underlying health conditions — like the thousands of workers who sprang into action on September 11, 2001. 

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Small town first responders are among those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. WSHU’s Davis Dunavin reports on how one Connecticut fire company is approaching the pandemic.

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Police and emergency services on Long Island say they need more protective gear like masks and gloves to handle the coronavirus crisis. They see a strong comparison between their needs in facing the pandemic and their rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero after 9/11.