02/24/2006

The walking dead of 9/11

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Joseph Zadroga now plays Ken to his granddaughter Tylerann's Barbie in the family's suburban home in New Jersey. The ex-police chief has assumed the make-believe role previously played by his son, James.

Last month, James Zadroga, a 34-year-old New York City police detective, died of a respiratory disease he contracted during rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero – the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

During the long and painful period that preceded his death, James Zadroga's wife, Ronda, 29, died of a heart ailment...

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