COVID-19 has killed dozens of first responders to 9/11


Richard Seaberry, Albert Petrocelli, John Knox, Arthur Larcker and Edward Doty were among the dozens of first responders who answered the call during one national tragedy only to die in another.

FDNY EMT Richard Seaberry.Courtesy FDNY

And as New York and the nation marked Friday as the 11th, 2001, 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack, amid the coronovirus epidemic, the ranks of nearly 200,000 Americans who died from COVID-19 have been filled by the dozens. Such heroes who risk their lives to save others when the twin towers fall.

“Gross undercount” was the term used by New York City attorney Michael Barash in a recent interview in which he revealed that 20,000 9/11 first responders and survivors who represent zero-related illnesses Used to be, COVID-19 died.

Since then, Barash has learned that more than 9/11 first responders died of coronovirus.

“Of these people, more than 100 have died of COVID-19 due to zero-related illnesses,” Barrach spokesman Patrick Rheum said in a statement.

Regarding several types of cancer and dozens of respiratory diseases, 9/11 first responders reported that “one is uniquely vulnerable to a disease that attacks the lungs and the immune system,” Rheum said.

John Feil, a demolition supervisor at Ground Zero who runs the Feelgood Foundation, who advocates on behalf of first responders, said he knows at least four dozen who came with the disease and more than a thousand who have positive Have tested. And he is one of them.

“In March, we put out a video asking our people to take it seriously, and then a week later I got it,” FBC News reported. “To this day, I don’t know how I got it. I just know that I have never experienced pain like this before.

Fell, who lost part of his left leg after a 4-ton steel beam fell to the ground, said he felt as if his body had caught fire and was also finding it difficult to breathe, as if he had I felt like drowning. “I’m not scared easily, but it scared me,” he said.

Knox, 84, a former New York City firefighter who came out of retirement to help search for dead bodies at Ground Zero, died in March. 63-year-old Seaberry, a veteran EMT from Queens who took part in rescue and serious recovery efforts, died in April. 72-year-old Lacker, a construction worker who fell into a “pit” for two years, also died in April.

Petrocelli was 73 years old when he also died in April. He was the head of the New York City Fire Department Battalion on 9/11 and, along with his firefighter son, Albert Jr., responded to the burning World Trade Center where his second son, a commodity trader named Mark, was trapped on the 93rd floor . Of the North Tower. He never found Mark’s body.

Albert Petrocelli with a photo of his son Mark at a media conference announcing the winning design for the February 27, 2003 World Trade Center site in New York City.Mario Tum / Getty Images

While the U.S. mourned 9/11, the number of coronovirus deaths increased from 1,249 to 193,186 and the number of confirmed cases rose to around 6.5 million — both world-leading numbers, the latest NBC News figures show.

President Donald Trump, accusing the American public of lying privately to journalist Bob Woodward about the severity of the epidemic, alleging that the coronovirus was “deadly stuff” for a ceremony at Flight 93 National Memorial on Friday in Shanksville, Moved to Pennsylvania. .

While Trump has repeatedly praised his administration’s response to the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University’s VVID-19 dashboard, the United States is now the fifth of the world’s more than 910,000 coronovirus deaths and 28 million confirmed cases. Accounted for part.

Feil stated that he did George W. after 9/11. To help those who responded to the Bush administration for the first time, and last year when he successfully lobbied Congress with comedian John Stewart, he tried not to politically adopt a political side. September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.

But Fell admitted that as he watched Trump depart for Shanksville on Friday, he found himself wrapping pieces of paper in balls and throwing them on TV screens.

“The epidemic response by the federal government is a disaster, just outrage,” Changa said. He said, “It is all boastful about what we are doing with the epidemic when we are normalizing people dying of pandemics.” We are losing touch with humanity. We have failed. And I’m not the only one to think so. “

In other coronovirus news:

  • The country’s leading infectious disease specialist and frequent Trump target Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that Americans need to be vigilant about COVID-19 as we head towards the flu season. Although the number of new cases has been slowly declining in recent weeks, the nation is still experiencing new outbreaks that may become more severe as the weather cools. “We need to get down and get through this fall and winter, because it’s not easy,” said Fauci during a panel of doctors at Harvard Medical School. Fauci has attracted Trump’s desire and survived an attempt by the White House to discredit him, refuting the president’s more optimistic assessment of the epidemic’s progress.
  • The run on toilet paper and other essentials may be over, but grocery prices have gone up again. August was the second most expensive month for groceries this year, slightly behind May. The national average for a basket of 37 items reached $ 138.78 in May, then dropped to $ 136.40 in June and July, and went back to $ 138.63 in August. Why? “The promotions offered to consumers are submerged below their fifth straight month of COVID-19,” Phil Tedesco, director of retail analytics for Nielsen, told NBC News. Which due to this month is more expensive than recent months. “

  • Hard-hit states with a 50 percent capacity are reopening on Monday in Florida, where the rate of infection and death is decreasing, but where 176 people died overnight, 12,658 new cases were reported. Officials said stripes in Miami-Dad County and Palm Beach County will still remain closed. Florida experienced an explosion of new cases and deaths when Gov. Ron DeSantis, at Trump’s insistence, ordered on April 29 that his state be reopened after only a brief quarantine. When it became clear that the bars were becoming COVID-19 dispersing centers, DeSantis ordered them to close on 26 June. As of Friday, there have been 12,481 coronavirus deaths in Florida and 654,731 infections confirmed.