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3 Retired Firemen Die Of WTC-Linked Cancers

Posted 4/12/19

Even as 9/11 advocates for the renewal of Victims Compensation Fund reached a majority in the House of Representatives, with 226 co-sponsors, their efforts took on a new sense of urgency with the deaths of three retired firefighter World Trade Center responders within a 48-hour period early this month.   

Last year, Rupa Bhattacharyya, the Special Master for the 9/11 VCF,  announced that because of a dramatic spike in 9/11 wrongful-death and WTC-related cancer claims, the $7.3 billion fund would have to greatly reduce its payouts. Without a re-authorization, the program is slated to close in 2020. 

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