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FDNY approaches grim death milestone 22 years after 9/11 sent toxins flying

Ahead of 8:46 a.m. on a quiet September Tuesday in 2001, thousands of New York City Fire Department members had no idea their lives – and America – were about to change forever, let alone that the horror might haunt them 22 years later.

The FDNY issued “total recall” on Sept. 11, meaning that every firefighter, regardless of whether they were on- or off-duty, was summoned to respond to the terrorist attack. More than 8,600 firefighters answered the call and were joined by retirees in an effort to rescue victims in the towers, put out the fires and try to contain the seemingly uncontrollable.

A total of 343 firefighters died that day. Twenty-two years later, the fire department is about to pass a grim milestone: More firefighters will have died from the long-term effects of toxic exposure from 9/11 than on the actual day of the terror attack. 

“Last night, we lost our 340th firefighter,” attorney Michael Barasch, managing partner at Barasch & McGarry, told Fox News Digital in a late August interview. “It’s just heartbreaking. We always knew this day would come. We knew how toxic the dust was. It had the pH level of Drano. And here at my law firm, we lose two clients every single day.”

“It certainly didn’t for the FDNY. And it certainly won’t end next week, next month, whenever it is when we surpass that 343 number,” Barasch said. “So please take care of yourselves and your families. Go for annual skin exams. Go, if you’re a woman, go for that mammogram that you may have missed during COVID.”


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