The 9/11 rescue workers are falling victim to a higher than average rate of life threatening diseases. They blame it on their time spent in the giant dust clouds.
New York’s emergency services were among the first on the scene of the 9/11 disaster but where ignoring their personal safety. Those involved in the rescue and clean-up operation quickly became national heroes.
One of the firefighters was John McNamara. He was first on the scene at ground zero. He battled to save live that day but lost his own battle to cancer aged just 44 – a victim of his own bravery.