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New York officer dies from toxic fumes from Ground Zero


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April 12, 2006

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New York officer dies from toxic fumes from Ground Zero

Officer Down: James Zadroga - [New York City, New York]


Biographical Info

Age: 34

Additional Info: Zadroga spent about 500 hours after the September 11 attacks sifting through the twin towers' remains at Ground Zero. He retired on disability in November 2004. 

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Zadroga died of respiratory failure and had inflammation in his lung tissue.

Date of Incident: January 5, 2006


By AMY WESTFELDT
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK- The death of a 34-year-old police detective who developed respiratory disease after working at ground zero is "directly related" to Sept. 11, 2001, a New Jersey coroner said in the first known ruling positively linking a death to recovery work at the World Trade Center site.

James Zadroga's family and union released his autopsy results Tuesday, saying they were proof of the first death of a city police officer related to cleanup work at ground zero after the terrorist attacks.

"It is felt with a reasonable degree of medical certainty that the cause of death in this case was directly related to the 9/11 incident," wrote Gerard Breton, a pathologist at the Ocean County (New Jersey) medical examiner's office in the Feb. 28 autopsy.

Full Story: Autopsy links N.Y. officer's death directly to post-9/11 site



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