Former President Bill Clinton was in town yesterday morning to address the International Association of Fire Fighters in downtown Manhattan.
Just weeks from the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Clinton said the media’s attention to the tales of heroism that came out of that day reminds him of the important work of first responders.
“There’s been a change in what it means to be a firefighter today,” he said.
He then mentioned the health issues that came from exposure to toxins while “working through the rubble.”
“On this anniversary of the terrible thing that happened ... we also must remember the unfinished business,” the former president said, seeming to allude to the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act.
The law provides funding and medical care for ill 9/11 responders. The act’s passage has been plagued by controversy because many sick workers are excluded from coverage, including those who now have cancer.