METROFOCUS: JUNE 12, 2019

June 13, 2019 at 5:30 am

Former host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart went to Capitol Hill and blasted members of Congress for their seeming indifference to 9/11 first responders and their families. Tonight, we take a look at his testimony and the personal stories of first responder family members in need of federal support.

For more information on NYC’s 9/11 First Responders and victims, and to learn how you can support them, visit The FealGood Foundation, or The Ray Pfeifer Foundation.

Aired on June 12, 2019. 

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>>> TONIGHT "METROFOCUS."
JON STEWART HEADED TO CAPITOL
HILL AND BLAST MEMBERS OF
CONGRESS FOR THEIR SEAMING
INDIFFERENCE ON 9/11 FIRST
RESPONDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
>> BEHIND ME, A FILLED ROOM
OF 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS.
IN FRONT OF ME, A NEARLY EMPTY
CONGRESS.
SICK AND DYING, THEY BROUGHT
THEMSELVES DOWN HERE TO SPEAK
AND NO ONE, SHAMEFUL.
AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE COUNTRY
AND A STAIN ON THIS INSTITUTION.
>> IN A MOMENT, JON STEWART'S
TESTIMONY IN ITS ENTIRETY AND
THE PERSONAL STORIES OF FIRST
RESPONDER MEMBERS IN NEED OF
FEDERAL HELP.
THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS
"METROFOCUS" STARTS RIGHT NOW.
>> THIS IS "METROFOCUS" WITH
RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JACK FORD, AND
JENNA FLANAGAN.
>> "METROFOCUS" IS MADE POSSIBLE
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JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH,
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>>> YOUR INDIFFERENCE COST THESE
MEN AND WOMEN THEIR MOST
VALUABLE COMMODITY.
TIME.
ON THE ONE THING THEY'RE RUNNING
OUT OF.
THEY RESPONDED IN FIVE SECONDS.
THEY DID THEIR JOBS.
COURAGE, GRACE, TENACITY,
HUMILITY.
18 YEARS LATER, DO YOURS!
THANK YOU.
>> GOOD EVENING.
WELCOME TO "METROFOCUS."
JON STEWART TOOK CONGRESS TO
TASK TUESDAY WHERE HE BLASTED A
HOUSE JUDICIARY SUB COMMITTEE
FOR WHAT HE CALLED THEIR
INDIFFERENCE TO THE POLITE
OF 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS AND
THEIR FAMILIES.
STEWART WAS ON CAPITOL HILL
ASKING FOR AN EXTENSION OF THE
SEPTEMBER 11 VICTIMS
COMPENSATION FUND.
HE WAS MET WITH A NEAR EMPTY
PODIUM ON MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
BUT LAWMAKERS ON BOTH SIDES OF
THE AISLE SAID THEY SUPPORT THE
BILL AND WERE MONITORING THE
HEARING AMID OTHER CONGRESSIONAL
BUSINESSES.
THE SUB COMMITTEE'S CHAIR ALSO
NOTED THAT THE HEARING WAS NOT
HELD BEFORE THE FULL HOUSE
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.
THE FORMER DALY SHOW HOST
UNLEASHED AN IMPASSIONED PLEA.
>> I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR
PUTTING THIS TOGETHER.
AS I SIT HERE, I CAN'T HELP BUT
THINK WHAT AN INCREDIBLE
METAPHOR THIS ROOM IS FOR THE
ENTIRE PROCESS THAT GETTING
HEALTH CARE AND BENEFITS
FOR 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS HAS
COME TO.
BEHIND ME, A FILLED ROOM OF 9/11
FIRST RESPONDERS.
AND IN FRONT OF ME, A NEARLY
EMPTY CONGRESS.
SICK AND DYING, THEY BROUGHT
THEMSELVES DOWN HERE TO SPEAK.
AND NO ONE, SHAMEFUL.
AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE COUNTRY
AND IT IS A STAIN ON THIS
INSTITUTION.
YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF
YOURSELVES FOR THOSE THAT AREN'T
HERE, BUT YOU WON'T BE.
BECAUSE ACCOUNTABILITY DOESN'T
APPEAR TO BE SOMETHING THAT
OCCURS IN THIS CHAMBER.
WE DON'T WANT TO BE HERE.
LOU DOESN'T WANT TO BE HERE.
NONE OF THESE PEOPLE WANT TO BE
HERE.
BUT THEY ARE.
AND THEY'RE NOT HERE FOR
THEMSELVES.
THEY'RE HERE TO CONTINUE
FIGHTING FOR WHAT'S RIGHT.
LOU WILL GO BACK FOR HIS 69th
CHEMO.
HE WILL COME DOWN HERE, HIS BODY
RIDDLED WITH CANCER AND PAIN
WHERE HE COULDN'T WALK, AND THE
DISRESPECT SHOWN TO HIM, AND TO
THE OTHER LOBBYISTS SHOWN TO HIM
ON THIS BILL IS UTTERLY
UNACCEPTABLE.
YOU KNOW, I WOULD BE SO ANGRY AT
THE LATEST INJUSTICE THAT'S DONE
TO THESE MEN AND WOMEN.
ANOTHER BUSINESS CARD THROWN OUR
WAY AS A WAY OF SHOEING US AWAY.
LIKE CHILDREN, TRICK OR
TREATING.
RATHER THAN THE HEROES THEY ARE
AND WILL ALWAYS BE.
RAY WOULD SAY CALM DOWN, JONNY,
CALM DOWN.
I'VE GOT ALL THE CARDS I NEED.
AND HE WOULD TAP HIS POCKET.
PRAYER CARDS.
343 FIREFIGHTERS.
THE OFFICIAL RESPONSE TIME WAS
FIVE SECONDS.
FIVE SECONDS!
THAT'S HOW LONG IT TOOK FOR
FDNY, FOR NYPD, FOR PORT
AUTHORITY, EMS, TO RESPOND TO AN
URGENT NEED FOR THE PUBLIC.
THAT'S WHAT THEY NEEDED.
FIVE SECONDS.
HUNDREDS DIED IN AN INSTANT.
THOUSANDS MORE POURED IN.
TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR
BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
BREATHING PROBLEMS STARTED
ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.
THEY WERE TOLD THEY WEREN'T
SICK.
THEY WERE CRAZY.
AND THEN AS THE ILLNESSES GOT
WORSE AND THINGS BECAME WORSE,
OKAY, YOU'RE SICK.
BUT IT'S NOT FROM THE PILE.
THEN WHEN THE SIGNS BECAME
IRREFUTABLE, OKAY, IT'S THE
PILE.
BUT THIS IS A NEW YORK ISSUE.
I DON'T KNOW IF WE HAVE THE
MONEY.
I'M SORRY IF I SOUND ANGRY AND
UNDIPLOMATIC, BUT I'M ANGRY AND
YOU SHOULD BE, TOO.
AND THEY'RE ALL ANGRY AS WELL
AND THEY HAVE EVERY
JUSTIFICATION TO BE THAT WAY.
THERE IS NOT A PERSON HERE,
THERE IS NOT AN EMPTY CHAIR ON
THAT STAGE THAT DIDN'T TWEET OUT
THE HEROES OF 9/11.
NEVER FORGET THEIR BRAVERY.
NEVER FORGET WHAT THEY GAVE FOR
THIS COUNTRY.
HERE THEY ARE.
AND WHERE ARE THEY?
AND IT WOULD BE ONE THING IF
THEIR CALLOUS INDIFFERENCE AND
RANK HYPOCRISY WERE BENIGN BUT
IT'S NOT.
YOUR INDIFFERENCE COST THESE MEN
AND WOMEN THEIR MOST VALUABLE
COMMODITY.
TIME.
THE ONE THING THEY'RE RUNNING
OUT OF.
THIS SHOULD BE FLIPPED.
THIS HEARING SHOULD BE FLIPPED.
THESE MEN AND WOMEN SHOULD BE UP
ON THAT STAGE AND CONGRESS
SHOULD BE DOWN HERE ANSWERING
THEIR QUESTIONS AS TO WHY THIS
IS SO DAMN HARD AND TAKE SO DAMN
LONG.
AND WHY NO MATTER WHAT THEY GET,
SOMETHING IS ALWAYS PULLED BACK.
AND THEY HAVE TO COME BACK.
MR. JOHNSON, YOU MADE A POINT
EARLIER AND IT WAS ONE WE'VE
HEARD OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN
THESE HALLS.
LOOK, YOU GUYS ARE OBVIOUSLY
HEROES AND 9/11 WAS A BIG DEAL.
WE HAVE A LOT OF STUFF HERE TO
DO.
WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THERE'S
MONEY FOR A VARIETY OF DISASTERS
AND HURRICANES.
THIS WASN'T A HURRICANE AND THIS
WASN'T A TORNADO.
BY THE WAY, THAT IS YOUR JOB
ANYWAY.
WE CAN'T FUND THESE PROGRAMS.
YOU CAN.
SETTING ASIDE THAT NO AMERICAN
SHOULD FACE FINANCIAL RUIN
BECAUSE OF A HEALTH ISSUE.
CERTAINLY 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS
SHOULDN'T HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER
TO LIVE OR TO HAVE A PLACE TO
LIVE.
THE IDEA THAT YOU CAN ONLY GIVE
THEM FIVE MORE YEARS BECAUSE
YOU'RE NOT SURE WHAT WILL HAPPEN
FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, I CAN TELL
YOU, I'M PRETTY SURE WHAT WILL
HAPPEN FIVE YEARS FROM NOW.
MORE OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE
GOING TO GET SICK AND THEY ARE
GOING TO DIE.
AND I AM AWFULLY TIRED OF
HEARING THAT IT IS A 9/11 NEW
YORK ISSUE.
AL QAEDA DIDN'T SHOUT DEATH TO
TRIBECA.
THEY ATTACKED AMERICA AND THESE
MEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR RESPONSE
TO IT IS WHAT BROUGHT OUR
COUNTRY BACK.
IT'S WHAT GAVE A REELING NATION
A SOLID FOUNDATION TO STAND BACK
UPON, TO REMIND US OF WHY THIS
COUNTRY IS GREAT, OF WHY THIS
COUNTRY IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR.
AND YOU ARE IGNORING THEM.
AND YOU CAN END IT TOMORROW.
WHY THIS BILL ISN'T UNANIMOUS
CONSENT AND A STAND-ALONE ISSUE
IS BEYOND MY COMPREHENSION.
AND I HAVE YET TO HEAR A
REASONABLE EXPLANATION FOR WHY.
IT WILL GET STUCK IN SOME
TRANSPORTATION BILL OR SOME
APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND GET SENT
OVER TO THE SENATE WHERE A
CERTAIN SOMEONE FROM THE SENATE
WILL USE IT AS A POLITICAL
FOOTBALL TO GET THEMSELVES MAYBE
ANOTHER NEW IMPORT TAX ON
PETROLEUM.
BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO
US IN 2015.
AND WE WON'T ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN
AGAIN.
THANK GOD FOR PEOPLE LIKE JOHN,
FOR PEOPLE LIKE RAY, THANK GOD
FOR ALL OF THESE PEOPLE WHO WILL
NOT LET IT HAPPEN.
THEY RESPONDED IN FIVE SECONDS.
THEY DID THEIR JOBS WITH
COURAGE, GRACE, TENACITY,
HUMILITY.
18 YEARS LATER, DO YOURS!
THANK YOU.
>>> BACK IN MARCH, "METROFOCUS"
JACK FORD HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK
TO ROBERT AND BRIDGE YET.
CHILDREN OF FIRST RESPOND HERE'S
SUCCUMBED TO 9/11-RELATED
ILLNESSES.
HE ALSO SPOKE WITH THE ATTORNEY
MICHAEL BARRISH WHO HAS SPOKEN
TO MANY OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS,
INCLUDING THIS PERSON FOR WHOM
IT WAS NAMED.
HE BEGAN THE CONVERSATION BY
ASKING BRIDGET ABOUT HER FATHER
AND THAT TERRIBLE DAY IN
SEPTEMBER 2001.
>> MY FATHER WAS A FIRST
RESPONDER FOR FDNY.
HIS COMPANY WAS THE FIRST TO
ARRIVE RIGHT AFTER THE
TERRORISM.
HE WENT DOWN THERE ON 9/11 AND
HE STAYED THERE UNTIL ABOUT
CHRISTMAS TIME WITH THE
CLEAN-UP.
I DIDN'T SEE HIM VERY OFTEN.
HE CAME HOME, SHOWERED, SLEPT,
WENT BACK.
I REMEMBER THE SMELL OF IT, TOO,
AS A KID.
>> NEVER ANY RESERVATION ABOUT
GOING BACK.
>> NO, NO, HE WENT BACK.
AND IN RETROSPECT, IF HE KNEW
WHAT HE WOULD GO THROUGH, HE
WOULD DO IT AGAIN.
I THINK A LOT OF GUYS WOULD.
>> AND THEN TELL ME ABOUT HIS
DIAGNOSIS.
>> HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BLADDER
CANCER AND THEN HE WENT THROUGH
THE COURSE OF TREATMENT FROM
JANUARY TO APRIL.
IN MAY HE GOT REALLY SICK.
IN JUNE, HE PASSED AWAY.
>> SO ASTONISHINGLY FAST.
>> VERY QUICKLY.
>> TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DAD.
>> MY FATHER WAS A FIREFIGHTER
ALSO.
HE WAS FROM ENGINE 266 IN
ROCKAWAY BEACH AND HE RESPONDED
TO GROUND ZERO ON 9/11 AS WELL.
WHEN HE RESPONDED THAT DAY, HE
NEVER THOUGHT WOULD IT AFFECT
HIM YEARS DOWN THE LINE.
10, 20 YEARS DOWN THE LINE.
MY FATHER WAS DIAGNOSE IN THE
BRAIN CANCER IN THE SPRING OF
2015.
THEN HE PASSED AWAY IN THE FALL
OF DECEMBER 2017.
HE WAS 58 YEARS OLD.
A HEALTHY GUY.
YOU NEVER THOUGHT THAT SOMETHING
LIKE THIS WOULD HAPPEN.
WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AND REALIZE
HE WAS ON THE PILE FOR SO MANY
WEEKS AND MONTHS, RETURNING BACK
THERE, THAT HE DIDN'T HAVE THE
PROPER RESPIRATOR OR ANYTHING
LIKE THAT, FOR ASBESTOS AND LEAD
AND EVERYTHING IN THE AIR.
SADLY, IT TOOK HIS LIFE.
>> MICHAEL, I'LL COME BACK TO
YOU.
WE'RE GETTING NOW, WE'RE GETTING
CLOSE TO 20 YEARS SINCE THAT
HORRIBLE DAY.
AND HORRIBLE CONSEQUENCES.
AND THEY MIGHT SAY, WHY ARE
THERE MORE CLAIMANTS SHOWING UP
NOW?
WHAT'S THE ANSWER TO THAT?
>> WELL, THE DOCTORS ARE NOT
SURPRISED.
WE AS LAY PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED
BUT IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, I'LL
SURE YOU WERE THERE COVERING THE
STORY.
THE SMELL AS BRIDGET SAID, IT
REEKED DOWN THERE.
NOTWITHSTANDING WHAT THE EPA
SAID, THAT THE AIR WAS SAFE, WE
KNEW WASN'T SAFE.
THEY WANTED TO REOPEN WALL
STREET.
THEY WANTED TO REOPEN THE HIGH
SCHOOLS AND EVERYBODY TO SAY,
WE'RE GOING AROUND ALL THIS.
WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS.
WE'RE BACK TO NORMAL.
THE DOCTORS ARE SEEING EXACTLY
WHAT THEY EXPECTED NOW.
WHICH ARE NOT ONLY CANCERS BUT
CANCERS ON STEROIDS.
REALLY RARE AGGRESSIVE CANCERS
AND PEOPLE HAVE MULTIPLE
CANCERS.
THAT'S WHY NOT A DAY GOES BY
WITHOUT ONE OF MY CLIENTS
PASSING AWAY.
IT IS THAT SERIOUS.
AND AS A RESULT, THE FUND WHICH
HAS BEEN OPERATING VERY, VERY
WELL, THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH
MONEY.
THAT'S WHY THEY ANNOUNCED THE
CUTS OF 50% AND 70%.
WHICH IS SO UNFAIR.
BUT I UNDERSTAND IT.
THEY HAVE TO MAKE THE FUNDS
LAST.
IT IS WHY WE'RE GOING BACK TO
WASHINGTON.
WE HAVE TO CONVINCE CONGRESS TO
DO THE RIGHT THING AND FULFILL
ITS MORAL OBLIGATION AND PASS
AND EXTEND THE FUND.
>> LET ME GO BACK TO SOMETHING
YOU MENGTSED.
MENTIONED.
EVERYTHING THAT WAS INCINERATE
IN THOSE BUILDINGS WAS IN THE
AIR.
>> THEY DIDN'T FIND ONE PHONE OR
ONE COMPUTER.
THEY ONLY FOUND ONE-THIRD OF THE
PEOPLE.
ALL THAT STUFF WAS PULVERIZED.
SO PEOPLE WERE BREATHING THE
TOXIC DUST WITH THE PH LEVEL OF
DRAI
DRAINO.
WE'RE SEEING RAMPANT BREAST
CANCER AMONG WOMEN AND PROSTATE
CANCER AMONG MEN.
AND AS I MENTIONED, 68 CANCERS
ALTOGETHER.
MUST, MANY RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS.
>> WAS THERE RESISTANCE IN THE
BEGINNING, THAT MANY CANCERS
HAVE NOT BEEN SEEN IN RECENT
MEMORY.
WAS THERE RESISTANCE TO SAYING,
OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO RECOGNIZE
THAT'S A CONSEQUENCE OF THIS AND
WE'LL BRING YOU INTO OUR FOLD.
>> AT THE BEGINNING, NO CANCERS
WERE LINKED.
THEY SAID IT WILL BE RESPIRATORY
PROBLEMS.
REACTIVE AIRWAYS.
ASTHMA.
THEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE
MEDICAL OFFICE BEGAN TO SEE THIS
BIG UPTAKE.
BETWEEN 19% AND 32% IN ALL THESE
CANCERS AND THAT WAS THE
EVIDENCE THAT THEY NEEDED.
FINALLY IN 2013 AND 2014, THAT'S
WHEN THEY ADDED THESE CANCERS.
>> TELL ME ABOUT THIS PROPOSED
LEGISLATION.
>> IT WOULD FUND THE VICTIM
COMPENSATION FUND FOR THE REST
OF THEIR LIVES.
IF AND WHEN THEY GET CANCER IN
THE FUTURE, THEY'LL BE COVERED.
IF THEY LOSE THEIR CAREER
BECAUSE THEY CAN'T WORK AS A
RESULT OF THE CANCER, THEY'LL BE
COVERED.
NO ENDING AT ALL OF RIGHT NOW
THE HEALTH PROGRAM HAS BEEN
RIGHTFULLY EXTENDED TO THE REST
OF EVERYBODY'S LIFE.
WHY SHOULDN'T THE VICTIMS
COMPENSATION FUND?
>> TALK ABOUT WASHINGTON.
YOU FIRST.
WHAT ARE YOU HOPING THE
ACCOMPLISH?
>> I THINK ONE OF THE BIGGEST
ISSUES IS THAT THEY THINK IT IS
A NEW YORK PROBLEM.
THE MIDWESTERN REPRESENTATIVE
THS,
YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM THAT THEY
HAVE X.
A PEOPLE IN THE PROGRAM.
>> ARE THEY SURPRISED?
>> SOMETIMES THEY ARE.
>> I SAW A STATISTIC THAT THERE
ARE VICTIMS IN EVERY
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT EXCEPT
ONE IN THE UNITED STATES.
>> THAT'S IMPRESSIVE.
NOT IMPRESSIVE BUT IT SPEAKS FOR
ITSELF.
IT IS A NATIONAL ISSUE.
THESE POLITICIANS, THEY ARE THE
BIGGEST FLAG WAVERS SOMETIMES.
NEVER FORGET, POSTING, TWEETING,
ON 9/11, POSTING, TWEETING.
AND THEN WHEN YOU LOOK FOR HELP,
THEY CONVENIENTLY FORGET.
NEVER FORGET IS A LOOSE TERM.
>> MY FATHER TOOK ABOUT A DOZEN
TRIPS TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
HIMSELF BEFORE HE WAS SICK.
THE LAST TWO TIMES HE WAS IN A
WHEELCHAIR TO GO DOWN THERE.
JUST THE FACT THAT HE HAS TO GO
DOWN THERE WITH MATERITERMINAL .
WE SAW A MAN WITH LESS THAN SIX
MONTHS TO LIVE WITH TERMINAL
CANCER THAT WAS IN D.C. LAST
TIME.
IF THAT DOESN'T SPEAK TO IT, I
DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE COULD.
THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO GO FIGHT FOR
THEIR BENEFITS TO MAKE SURE
THEIR FAMILIES WILL BE TAKEN
CARE OF.
MY FAMILY HAS A PENDING CLAIM.
MANY OTHERS HAVE PENDING CLAIMS
THAT ARE NOW CUT IN HALF OR WILL
RECEIVE ONLY 30% OF WHAT OTHER
FAMILIES DID.
IT'S NOT FAIR.
THE GOVERNMENT SET UP THIS FUND
SO PEOPLE WOULDN'T BRING FOSHTH
LAWSUITS.
NOW HERE THEY ARE.
A SHAP IN THE FACE IF YOU'LL
ONLY GET 30 OR 50%.
THERE IS NO AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT
WILL BRING MY FATHER BACK BUT
JUST KNOWING THAT MY FAMILY IS
TAKEN CARE OF IS WHAT MY FATHER
WOULD WANT TO SEE.
>> WE'VE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THEY
THOUGHT IT WAS A REGIONAL ISSUE.
>> IT TOOK MORE SHAMING THAN I
THOUGHT WAS NECESSARY.
YEAH.
>> IF I COULD ADD ONE THING.
THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRAT OR A
REPUBLICAN ISSUE.
THIS WAS INCREDIBLY DEMOCRATIC
TOXIC DUST.
IT DIDN'T CARE.
EVERYBODY WAS EXPOSED TO THE
SAME TOXINS.
OUR GOVERNMENT LIED TO US AT
FIRST.
THEN THEY DID THE RIGHT THING.
THEY MADE US A PLEDGE.
WE'RE ASKING, FULL IF I HAVE
THAT PLEDGE AND TAKE CARE OF THE
FAMILIES.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE PROSPECTS
ARE?
>> I THINK THEY'RE GOOD.
I DON'T KNOW HOW ANY POLITICIAN
CAN LOOK IN THE MIRROR AFTER
MEETING KIDS LIKE THIS, YOUNG
ADULTS, AND TELL OUR FIRST
RESPONDERS.
HEY.
WE MADE YOU A PROMISE AND NOW
WE'RE BREAKING THE PROMISE.
I THINK THEY'LL DO THE RIGHT
THING AGAIN.
>> WHEN DO YOU THINK THESE BILLS
MIGHT GET TO THE FLOOR?
>> I THINK THEY'RE GOING TO COME
UP FOR VOTE RIGHT AFTER THIS
SEPTEMBER 11.
PROBABLY EARLY OCTOBER.
I THINK IT WILL PASS THEN.
>> IS YOUR SENSE ALSO, AFTER THE
CONVERSATIONS YOU HAD?
>> CURRENTLY IT WAS OVER 150
CO-SPONSORS IN THE HOUSE.
THEN ABOUT 20 SOMETHING
CO-SPONSORS WITHIN THE SENATE.
WHERE HIT MATTER IS THE SENATE.
IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE AT LEAST
60 CO-SPONSORS IN THE SENATE.
THE FACT THAT THERE ISN'T IS WHY
WE HAVE TO GO BACK.
>> ONE ADVANTAGE WE HAVE, WE
HAVE SO MANY CLIENTS, SO MANY
FIRST RESPONDERS IN FLORIDA,
GEORGIA, WHERE THEY HAVE ALL
REPUBLICAN SENATORS.
BASICALLY, WE NEED 11 MORE
REPUBLICAN SENATORS TO MAKE THIS
HAPPEN.
AND I'M GOING TO USE MY CLIENTS
WHO LIVE IN THOSE STATES TO BE
CALLING THEIR LEGISLATORS AND
SAY HEY, I'M A CONSTITUENT.
I NEED YOUR HELP.
>> THE THING IS, 9/11,
ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE LIKE THIS
WHEN OUR FATHERS CAME HOME.
WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES.
YOU HAVE THIS ISSUE OF SURVIVORS
TURNING INTO VICTIMS TWO DECADES
LATER.
I DIDN'T REALIZE THE EXTENT OF
HOW BAD IT WAS UNTIL MY FATHER
PASSED AWAY AND THEN PEOPLE -- I
WAS THROWN INTO A COMMUNITY.
I DIDN'T NECESSARILY WANT TO BE
THROWN INTO.
THERE WAS SOMEBODY THERE WHO IS
IN HOSPICE NOW.
I DON'T WANT TO SAY DROPPING
LIKE FLIES BUT IT WAS KIND OF
DEVASTATING TO THINK ABOUT THAT.
I JUST WANTED TO DOCUMENT THE
WHOLE LEGAL BATTLE, THE HEALTH
CRISIS, WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN
DONE, WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM
THIS.
I WANT TO RESHIFT THE NARRATIVE,
TOO.
IT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED.
IT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING.
>> AND YOU'VE MADE A LIFE
DECISION IN TERMS OF WHAT YOU'RE
GOING TO DO NOW.
>> YEAH.
I TOOK THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TEST,
THE FDNY TEST.
I'VE PASSED MY PHYSICAL TESTS,
MY MEDICAL TESTS, AND I'M SET TO
MAYBE ENTER THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
ACADEMY THIS SUMMER.
>> I WANT TO MENTION.
YOU TOOK THE TEST BUT YOU ALSO
SCORED 18th OUT OF 45,000.
>> YEAH OF THE 18 OUT OF 45,000.
A NICE SCORE SO I KNOW I SHOULD
BE ABLE TO GET IN THERE.
>> WERE YOU INCHINLD TO DO THIS
BEFORE YOU LOST YOUR DAD?
>> ORIGINALLY I WAS SET TO GO TO
LAW SCHOOL WHICH I STILL HOPE TO
FULFILL.
WITH MY FATHER PASSING, I
DEFINITELY WANT TO FILL HIS
SHOES.
I'M GOING TO JOIN THE FIRE
DEPARTMENT AND IT IS SOMETHING I
WOULD LIKE TO DO TO GIVE BACK.
>> MICHAEL, I'LL COME BACK TO
YOU IN TERMS OF HOW IT ALL
PLAYED OUT.
WHEN THIS ALL HAPPENED BACK
THEN, WOULD YOU HAVE THOUGHT 20
YEARS LATER, WE WOULD BE TALKING
ABOUT HOW CAN WE PROVIDE
SOMETHING TO HELP?
>> I'M NOT REALLY SURPRISED.
MY LAW FIRM IS TWO BLOCKS AWAY
FROM THE TOWERS.
I WAS THERE THE DAY THE TOWERS
START COMING DOWN.
I'M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE YOU SAW
RUNNING UPTOWN WHILE THE FIRE
DEPARTMENT IS GOING DOWNTOWN.
SO I'M NOT SURPRISED.
HE KNOW HOW DEADLY THEY ARE.
I SEE THE DIAGNOSIS EVERY SINGLE
DAY IN MY LAW IF I RECALL .
>> WE SAY IT OFTEN BUT NOT OFTEN
ENOUGH.
YOUR DADS ARE THE ONES WHO RAN
DIRECTLY INTO THE DANGER TO MAKE
SURE THE REST OF US ARE SAFE.
AND I'M SURE BOTH OF THEM WOULD
BE EXTRAORDINARILY PROUD OF WHAT
YOU'RE DOING.
>> MOPE ANY THIS HAD --
HOPEFULLY THIS WILL WORK AND
WE'LL HAVE YOU BACK FOR A
CONVERSATION ABOUT PROTECTING
PEOPLE.
IT'S A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU.
>> FOR TO YOU LEARN HOW YOU CAN
HELP, VISIT US AT
METROFOCUS.ORG.
>> "METROFOCUS" IS MADE POSSIBLE
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SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III,
THE SYLVIA A. AND SIMON B. POYTA
PROGRAMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT
ANTI-SEMITISM.
BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ,
ROSALIND P. WALTER,
BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG,
AND BY --

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