9-11 First Responders
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The Shanksville Fire Department in Somerset County was part of an informational session Wednesday regarding the benefits available for first responders of the Sept. 11 attacks. The director of 9/11 outreach and education is spreading the word. She's a retired NYPD first responder who worked at ground zero for several months. She's now an advocate who assists with registering first responders for the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. This act provides health monitoring and financial aid to the first responders, volunteers and survivors of the attacks. "It's really critically important because 18 years later now since the event of September 11th of 2001 we are now seeing spikes in 9/11 related cancers among the first responder population," says Director of 9/11 Outreach and Education Jeannie Kelly. "The monitoring program for the world trade center health program is there now until 2090. So, it has been re-authorized and is alive and well for 71 more years." Kelly says more than 200 names have been added to the wall in New York City that recognizes line of duty deaths from Sept. 11, 2001. She hopes to return to the area after the holidays to conduct additional presentations, and even sit with those applying, to help with the process.