200th New York Firefighter Dies From 9/11 Related Illness As Victims Compensation Debate Rages On

200th New York Firefighter Dies From 9/11 Related Illness As Victims Compensation Debate Rages On

In light of the bill that the 9/11 first responders are waiting for to be passed, the 200th New York Firefighter has passed away from 9/11 related illnesses.

In a rather grim state of affairs, The New York City fire department has announced the death of their 200th member, due to World Trade Center-related illnesses. The list compiled by the union declared that there have been eight FDNY deaths so far in 2019 as a result of 9/11-related illnesses. 9/11, even after all these years, still continues to drain the spirit of the American people. The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York announced that their funerals are scheduled for Saturday. 

This happened just as the tide of the 9/11 first responders urge Congress to continue funding for their care and wellbeing. As things stand, the bill that Congress is currently considering for the 9/11 victims would ensure consistent funding for several decades all the way to 2090. Unfortunately, the bill has been held up since Senator Rand Paul, who raised concerns about how it would be paid for. Now, following the two recent firefighter deaths, the death toll has been brought to a total of 200 on Wednesday., 





The firefighters have been identified as Kevin Nolan and Richard Driscoll. Nolan retired from the FDNY in 2007 and is survived by his wife and three adult children. The specific nature of his illness was not immediately disclosed to the public as he passed away on Tuesday. The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York said his funeral is scheduled for Saturday. On their website, they asked all off-duty members to attend in their Class A uniforms.  Driscoll, on the other hand, passed away on Wednesday. He too had retired from the department, but in 2002, after serving for over 3 decades. He was the 200th FDNY member to officially die of a World Trade Center-related illness. Driscoll was a Vietnam War veteran and had been cited five times for bravery throughout the course of his long career.



Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement on Thursday, "It is almost incomprehensible that after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die due to World Trade Center illness. These heroes gave their lives bravely fighting to rescue and recover others. We will never forget them." Nigro is absolutely right here, these were the heroes who risked their very lives in others' times of need. They got hurt because of it and they deserve to have their heroism rewarded. The American people are deserving of these heroes as they show their loud and vocal support for them. Several prominent individuals, like Jon Stewart for instance, have dedicated his life to helping veterans. 



New York City mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted about the deaths and called for the fund to be fully allocated. They didn’t hesitate to run into danger. They stayed until the work was done. The Senate MUST fully fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, de Blasio wrote in his tweet. Another spokesperson also felt that the individuals who are eligible for the conditions in the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund must be taken care of at all costs.

"There are certainly places where the military budget is excessively bloated or where we're contracting and outsourcing things that shouldn't be at exorbitant prices which should be cut. I'm just saying we could pay for our military and for things our citizens deserve like Universal Healthcare, Food Stamps, Social Security, et. al. if we weren't so obsessed with cutting taxes and hateful of raising them," said he. 


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