In the six years following the World Trade Center Attacks, on September 11, 2001, the city’s contention over world trade center illness has often times spotlighted police officers who stood guard at the site.
Two cases that quickly come to mind are Detective James Zadroga whose family succeeded in convincing city officials that his death was linked to toxic dust from the site and Officer Christopher Hynes whom the police department denied line-of-duty disability benefits for lung disease he obtained from the dust.
Now, for the first time, the police department is going to release its own study that will evaluate the health of 34,000 officers who worked at ground zero following the attack. The study, due in October, is part of an effort to start a monitoring program which will receive federal funding to track the health of workers.
As with most everything surrounding the September 11 attack, the study is being fueled with controversy.