Three 9/11 heroes dead from cancer in five days

Linked with Jerry Mazza – USA.

Published on Online Journal, (first published on Daily News, by Stephanie Gaskell, October 12th 2009), by Jerry Mazza, Oct 15, 2009.

Thanks to Stephanie Gaskell, New York Daily News Staff writer, we read of the above’s shocking news, which New York City and the US governments seemingly refuse to let sink into their thick heads and even thicker skin. Thousands of first responders are in dire health conditions, and consequently dire financial and familial conditions, due to illnesses contracted while working at Ground Zero following 9/11.  

In this case Robert Grossman, a police office who worked at Ground Zero following 9/11, died of cancer on Friday, October 9. Family members and First Responder activists rightly blame their deaths on the incredible array of poisons released into the air after the explosions and subsequent pyroplastic collapse of the Twin Trade Towers and subsequently Tower Seven.

Stephen Grossman, whose son Robert died of cancer at the age of 44, commented that “Everybody is denying that this stuff is connected to 9/11.” And right he is. Robert Grossman was a police officer in Harlem who worked at Ground Zero for several weeks after 9/11. His father added, “He never once said he was sorry he went down there. None of them walked away even though they all knew it was really dangerous.”

The very day after Grossman passed, Firefighter Richard Mannetta, 44, died of cancer. The preceding Wednesday, 37-year old Police Office Cory Diaz died of cancer. Stephen Grossman pointed out, “Unfortunately, it’s just going to happen more and more.” He added that there are still many more first responders, in fact, thousands of them, who are sick.

Adding a tone of righteous irony, he said “This country just says, ‘That’s fine. We’ll just wait another 15 to 20 years and you’ll all be dead and we’ll all be sorry. This country is [or should be] better than that.”

In fact, in an article I’d written, 9/11’s second round of slaughter, I reviewed a documentary film Dust to Dust, by Heidi Dehncke-Fisher, that detailed with incredible accuracy, just what these first responders were up against.

What hit the victims?

Dust to Dust catalogs some of the 2,500 contaminants that erupted from the explosions of the World Trade Center towers, Tower Seven and the two, fuel-laden jetliners, turning into a toxic gray dust that hung in the air as well as settled in people’s lungs and on area streets, vehicles, buildings, residences, both outside and inside the city for months:

  • Over 400 tons of asbestos, which once inhaled in any quantity cannot be expelled by the lungs,
  • 90,000 liters of jet fuel containing benzene, a carcinogen that suppresses the immune system and causes leukemia,
  • Mercury from over 500,000 fluorescent lights that is toxic to the nervous system, and damaging especially to the kidneys,
  • 200,000 pounds of lead and cadmium from personal computers, toxic to the respiratory track, especially damaging to kidneys,
  • Polycystic aromatic hydrocarbons that cause lung, laryngeal and throat cancers,
  • 130,000 gallons of transformer oil with PCBs, causing serious skin rashes and liver damage,
  • Crystalline Silica from 420,000 tons of concrete, sheetrock and glass (tiny particulates that lodge in heart, causing ischemic heart disease),
  • … and so on and on and on …

I suggest you read the full review to get the full picture of what these heroic people were up against and what they have had to live through and in many cases die from. The tale includes the lies told by the EPA, the New York City and US governments that minimalized the dangers of the environmental catastrophe, the worst in the history of the United States … (full text).

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