MetroFocus

HEARTBREAK & TRIUMPH

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>> IT HAS BEEN THE HONOR OF MY
LIFE TO WORK WITH THE MEN AND
WOMEN BEHIND ME.
TODAY IT'S ABOUT THE HEART,
JAMES, DEROGA AND JOE AND THE
INTEGRITY OF RAY FIFER, AND THE
COURAGE OF LOU ALVAREZ, AND THE
TENACITY OF JOHN FIEL.
THEY LIFTED THIS 9/11 COMMUNITY
ON THEIR SHOULDERS.
AND THEY CARRIED THEM HOME.
AND I WILL ALWAYS BE SO PROUD TO
HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH IT,
AND WE CAN NEVER REPAY ALL THAT
THE 9/11 COMMUNITY HAS DONE FOR
OUR COUNTRY, BUT WE CAN STOP
PENALIZING THEM.
AND TODAY IS THAT DAY.
THAT DAY CAN EXHALE BECAUSE
UNFORTUNATELY THE PAIN AND
SUFFERING OF WHAT THESE HEROES
CONTINUE TO GO THROUGH IS GOING
TO CONTINUE.
THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY
FUNERALS, TOO MANY HOSPICES.
THESE FAMILIES DESERVE BETTER,
AND I'M REALLY, I'M HOPEFUL THAT
TODAY BEGINS THE PROCESS OF
BEING ABLE TO HEAL WITHOUT THE
BURDEN OF HAVING TO ADVOCATE.
>> A SOMBER ANNIVERSARY ON THIS
SEPTEMBER 11th.
GOOD EVENING, AND WELCOME TO
"METROFOCUS," I'M JENNA
FLANAGAN.
JOHN STEWART'S REACTION TO THE
SIGNING OF THE 9/11 COMPENSATION
BILL EXPRESSES HOW HARD FIRST
RESPONDERS HAD TO FIGHT TO MAKE
IT LAW.
THE $10 BILLION LEGISLATION
PERMANENTLY EXTENDS AID TO FULLY
COMPENSATE FIRST RESPONDERS AND
SURVIVORS WHO HAVE FALLEN ILL
AFTER WORKING AND LIVING BELOW
CANAL STREET FOLLOWING THE
ATTACKS.
HERE WITH INSIGHT, ATTORNEY
MICHAEL BARRISH WHO REPRESENTS
MANY OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND
THEIR FAMILIES.
ALSO JOINING US WITH PERSONAL
PERSPECTIVE INTO THIS 15-YEAR
FIGHT IS BRIDGET GORNLEY,
DAUGHTER OF BILL GORNLEY WHO
DIED OF A 9/11 RELATED CANCER IN
2017.
WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW TO BOTH
OF YOU.
>> THANK YOU, JEN.
>> FIRST I JUST WANT TO GET YOUR
REACTION TO HAVING THIS BILL
FINALLY BE SIGNED INTO LAW AND
THE FUNDING BEING EXTENDED LIKE
IT WAS.
WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS?
>> WELL, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DOING
THIS FOR 15 YEARS.
I HAVE BEEN ONLY BEEN DOING IT
SINCE MY FATHER DIED, TWO, I
CAN'T IMAGINE, JON STEWART, I
DON'T THINK HE COULD BELIEVE IT
WHEN HE WAS SAYING IT.
>> IT'S A REAL INDICTMENT ON OUR
POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT YOU NEED A
CELEBRITY TO GET ANYTHING AS
OBVIOUSLY BIPARTISAN AS THIS
DONE.
BUT THANK GOD FOR JON STEWART
BECAUSE I FEAR WITHOUT HIS HELP,
WE NEVER WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THIS
DONE.
>> CAN YOU JUST GIVE US A SENSE
OF WHAT IT WAS THAT YOUR FAMILY
WENT THROUGH?
>> YEAH, I MEAN, YOU HAVE THE
ROCK AND YOUR FOUNDATION WHO
BECOMES ILL, THE PERSON WHO YOU
THINK IS THE STRONGEST WHO'S
GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH BEING
SICK AND NOW THEY'RE DYING AND
IT'S LIKE THE CARPET IS RIPPED
OUT FROM UNDER YOU.
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THE
SITUATION.
I MEAN, YOU'RE LOSING YOUR
FATHER OR YOUR MOTHER, WHOEVER
IT MAY BE BUT YOU'RE ALSO LOSING
A SENSE OF STABILITY BECAUSE
THEY WERE THE ONES THAT PROPPED
YOU UP FINANCIALLY.
WITH THAT LOSS COMES ALSO THE
ANXIETY OF OKAY, WE LOST THEM
AND NOW WHAT.
>> AND OF COURSE THAT'S
SOMETHING WE SEE UNFORTUNATELY
HAPPEN TO TOO MANY AMERICAN
FAMILIES WHERE A DIAGNOSIS LIKE
SOMETHING LIKE CANCER CAN
CAUSE -- IT CAN DRIVE PEOPLE
INTO BANKRUPTCY.
ABSOLUTELY.
THAT'S A GREAT POINT.
THAT'S WHY I URGE EVERYBODY,
ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE SURVIVOR
COMMUNITY, AND SURVIVORS ARE
DEFINED BY THE 300,000 OFFICE
WORKERS SOUTH OF THE CANAL
STREET, THE 25,000 RESIDENTS,
THE 40,000 STUDENTS AND
TEACHERS.
THEY ARE ENTITLED TO THE SAME
FREE HEALTH CARE AND NOW
COMPENSATION FOR THE REST OF
THEIR LIVES, GOD FORBID THEY GET
ANY OF THESE 68 CANCERS, BUT
IT'S NOT JUST FOR THE FIRST
RESPONDERS AND THAT'S THE
MESSAGE I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE
HIGHLIGHTING NOW, THE SURVIVING
POPULATION, THOSE LIVING
DOWNTOWN MUST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
THIS FREE HEALTH CARE AND
REGISTER NOW.
>> SO FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE HEARING
THIS AND SAYING, YOU KNOW, WAIT
A SECOND, I DID WORK DOWN THERE
BUT I WASN'T WORKING ON THE PILE
OR I WAS JUST, YOU KNOW, MAYBE A
VENDOR OR SOMETHING, OR PERHAPS
I WAS A JOURNALIST DOWNTOWN.
WHAT IS IT THAT THEY SHOULD BE
DOING?
WHAT SHOULD THEY BE --
>> FIRST OF ALL, I DON'T MEAN TO
ALARM YOUR AUDIENCE BUT WHEN
THEY DID THE AUTOPSY OF JIMMY,
THE DETECTIVE WHO DIED OF
PULMONAR
PULM
PULMONARY FIBROSIS, THEY FOUND
KNOWN CAR CINOGENS, SKIN CANCER
BEING THE MOST PREVALENT, MY LAW
FIRM ALONE REPRESENTS 1,500 MEN
WITH PROSTATE CANCER, 500 WOMEN
WITH BREAST CANCER.
IT'S HORRIFYING, AND WHAT THEY
SHOULD KNOW IS GET YOUR PROOF
NOW.
BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO BE IN
BUSINESS, ACCORDING TO THE
CONGRESS NOW, THIS VICTIM
COMPENSATION FUND AND THE HEALTH
PROGRAM ARE GOING TO BE OPEN FOR
70 MORE YEARS.
BUT IN ANOTHER 50 YEARS, GOD
FORBID YOU GET CANCER, WHERE ARE
YOUR WITNESSES GOING TO BE, ARE
THEY STILL GOING TO BE AROUND,
AND THE GOVERNMENT REQUIRES TWO
SWORN AFFIDAVITS, SO I URGE
EVERYBODY, EVEN IF YOU'RE
HEALTHY, IF YOU WERE SOUTH OF
CANAL STREET ON 9/11 OR FOR ANY
TWO WEEKS DURING THE NEXT EIGHT
MONTHS, GET TWO PEOPLE TO SIGN
AFFIDAVITS, GET AN EMPLOYER
LETTER, RIGHT NOW BEFORE YOUR
OLD COMPANY GOES OUT OF
BUSINESS, BUT IT'S LIKE AN
INSURANCE POLICY, GET IT NOW.
>> WHAT ABOUT FOR PEOPLE WHO MAY
HAVE HAD A LOVED ONE WHO HAS
ALREADY GOTTEN SICK AND PASSED
AWAY.
>> GREAT QUESTION.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR THEM TO
MAKE A CLAIM.
NOW, THEY CAN'T MAKE A CLAIM FOR
THEIR HUSBAND'S WRONGFUL DEATH
OR THEIR SPOUSE'S WRONGFUL AT
THE TIME -- DEATH IF IT'S BEEN
MORE THAN TWO YEARS, BUT THEY
CAN MAKE A CLAIM FOR THEIR
SPOUSE'S PERSONAL PAIN AND
SUFFERING.
THE GOVERNMENT IS GIVING
$260,000 FOR CANCERS, LIFE
THREATENING CANCERS.
90,000
90,000, THEY WILL PAY FOR THE
LOST INCOME THE SPOUSE WAS
PROVIDING FOR THE FAMILY.
THEY WILL PAY FOR INFANT
CHILDREN AND WE'RE SEEING SO
MANY OF THESE AGGRESSIVE
CANCERS, I CALL THEM CANCERS ON
STEROIDS BECAUSE THEY ARE
ATTACKING PEOPLE IN THEIR 30s
AND 40s.
BRIDGET AND I KNOW.
WE REPRESENT OVER A HUNDRED
CHILDREN OR FORMER CHILDREN,
SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO NOW HAVE
CANCER.
AS I MENTIONED, IT'S
HEARTBREAKING.
>> BRIDGET, I WANTED TO ALSO GET
YOUR PERSPECTIVE BECAUSE OF
COURSE YOUR FATHER WAS THERE
RIGHT AWAY AS A FIREFIGHTER, A
FIRST RESPONDERS AND IT WASN'T
JUST THAT HE GOT SICK, IT WAS
THE SPEED IN WHICH HIS CANCER
PROGRESSED.
>> HE WAS DIAGNOSED IN DECEMBER
OF 2016, AND THEN HE PASSED AWAY
IN JUNE OF 2017.
SO WITHIN SIX MONTHS DIAGNOSIS
TO DEATH, AND NOT ONLY THAT, BUT
IT SPREAD TO HIS LUNG IN THAT
TIME PERIOD, TOO.
SO LIKE MIKE SAID, THEY ARE VERY
AGGRESSIVE CANCERS, THEY'RE
EXOTIC IN A SENSE, THEY'RE RARE
CANCERS THAT THE DOCTORS DON'T
EVEN KNOW HOW TO APPROACH THEM
BECAUSE IT'S THE FIRST TIME
THEY'RE SEEING IT.
>> I URGE ALL OF YOUR VIEWERS,
GET EDUCATED.
YOU CAN LEARN A LOT BY GOING TO
911V
911VICTIMFUND.COM, LEARN HOW TO
GET ON THE HEALTH PROGRAM, THE
VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND, HOW TO
DOWNLOAD AFFIDAVITS, BUT DON'T
LET ANYONE WHO YOU KNOW HAS BEEN
AFFECTED, ANYONE WHO YOU KNOW
HAS DIED, MAKE SURE THEIR
FAMILIES FIND OUT WHAT THEIR
RIGHTS ARE.
>> AND I THINK THAT'S THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW YOUR
RIGHTS.
LISTEN, I WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE
TO HAVE BOTH OF YOU BACK.
>> ANYTIME.
>> THIS WILL BE AN ONGOING STORY
FOR NEW YORK FOR DECADES.
>> SPREAD THE WORD IS
INCREDIBLE, THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH.
>> APPRECIATE IT.


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