Eight New York City Police Officers who died from World Trade Center Illnesses were added to the Wall of Heroes on Wednesday. The honor is reserved for police officers that died in the line of duty. All of the men spent time aiding in the recovery effort at Ground Zero.
For years, officers and their families sparred with Mayor Michael Bloomberg over whether their illnesses — including lung and immune diseases — were caused by their logging hundreds of hours at the smoking pile of the World Trade Center and at the Fresh Kills landfill.
There are over 3,000 claims of injury by police officers related to sickness caused by the toxic fumes and debris from the World Trade Center. Thousands of rescue workers and people that lived and worked near the site are suffering from illness they claim is related as well.