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New York officer dies from toxic fumes from Ground Zero
Officer Down: James Zadroga - [New York City, New York]
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.
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.
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