November 19th, 2010
02:01 PM ET

NYC, 9/11 first responders finalize settlement

A settlement in New York City will pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to ground zero workers exposed to toxic debris after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, lawyers said Friday.

Plaintiffs narrowly approved the deal after facing a Tuesday night deadline that required 95 percent of some 10,000 people who worked at ground zero to approve the measure, according to Marc Berns, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

The agreement concludes a seven-year fight between the city and first responders, who have said they were not properly outfitted for rescue and cleanup efforts after the 9/11 attacks, leaving them exposed to toxic dust that later prompted respiratory health issues.


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  1. paul

    I also disagree with this payment. I also disagree calling most of the people that died that day HEROS...they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. While I am on my soap box...... I also disliked when they paid all that $$ to their families...again wrong place wrong time....this was just so the politicians could make everyone think they cared. The families of our men and women who come back from the war in boxes get next to nothing, and they gave their lives protecting us..............JUST DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE

    November 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FDNY family

    To all of the individuals who are writing about how the FDNY, NYPD and all other first responders don't deserve this payout, you should bite your tongue. These Heroes have life threatening illnesses due to the cleanup. They were told the air was ok...wear your masks and get to work!! And so they did...but with devastating consequences. My father now has asbestos on his lungs, his close friends/co-workers have all had to retire due to respiratory issues and some are so bad that they can't even friggin breath without coughing up a lung. I understand there are great risks with being a Fireman, Police Officer, etc. however, this was NOT in their job description.

    One last note – I would like to say Thank You to all the Military men and women and their families who sacrifice more than any of us could ever imagine and GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    November 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kh

    Didn't most of the actual "first responders" die?

    November 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • kh

      I'm not meaning any disrespect but I don't think technically all these people who are getting this money could be called the "first responders".

      November 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. emily

    I have the utmost respect for these men and women. But if we are compensating them for doing their job should we compensate every one in the armed forces? Or every police/fireman/woman for doing their everyday jobs? Or the nurses/doctors/paramedics that responded to that disaster and every disaster in our country? All of these people put themselves at risk while doing the jobs they are paid to do- that they chose to do. Where do we draw the line? Lots of responders face lifelong problems (health/mental) after responding to horrific accidents/situations. Not sure if the 7000 each is helpful or insulting... It is pennies...

    November 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    These people did NOT sign up to be lied to by the City and the EPA. They could have been better protected against the toxic air at the site if the Gov't did the right thing at the time when it mattered. It was their respondsibility to do so.

    November 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nguyen Tran

    Who are qualified to be those "over 10,000 9/11 first responders"? How do we determine "over 10,000 9/11 first responders"?

    November 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky61

      That's easy. Just take a chest x-ray and look for scarred lungs. All the first responders will have them.

      November 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 45grave

    Like coloreds deserve anything.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Feel better soon...

      November 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. otalp99

    About time. After the revolt on TSA there's a ripple effect. Government starts worrying about full out revolution where we tell them to get lost. If criticism fell on not paying the 9/11 responders then they'd eventually have to address questions about WTC Building 7. And the majority of the engineers are with 9/11 Truth so I don't know how they'd explain a building that never got hit by a plane falling free fall. People still don't know that 3 buildings fell september the 11th. That's how good of a job media did blurring the events of that day.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |

    THE BODDIE says these spoiled white guys dont deserve anything. What they should be worried about is all the money u owe black people. You can make my check out to THE BODDIE.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. johnny quest

    the 9/11 tragededy was orchestrated by the united states government! more specifically the bush administration! to gain national support for yet another highly profitable and unjust war!! shame shame shame on our government and shame on you for falling for such a scheme! it was a demolition style collapse! very well planned! wake up! now!!!

    November 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Thanks for the preciously paranoid contribution...

      November 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. johnny quest


    November 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      Spell check...

      November 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. shawn

    The reason why they should get the money is because all the illnesses that they have contracted from the explosion and asbestos released into the air.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Demara


    November 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Connor

    I think that this is ridiculous. Their job description is too save lives, and protect the people of the city. Not trying to be a dick but they went in there knowing partially what they were going to be doing (risking their lives). They're in the wrong career if they wernt ready to risk their lives to save the lives of other's. Tax payers money should be used on other things than giving people a bonus for doing what they are supposed too do. Not saying I wouldn't want some extra money for being apart of a team that saved lives of thousands on one of america's worst days in its history. What do I know though I'm only 17.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • asrael

      "Not trying to be a dick", but succeeding nonetheless...

      November 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marky61

    The news story is sketchy on details, but the main component of the toxic dust is asbestos. I don't have to tell you almost half a million Americans and Canadians have already died from exposure to asbestos over the decades. The twin towers were full of asbestos. No firefighter in America is going to go into a building with crumbling asbestos. My own father died of mesothelioma and he was a school caretaker! Asbestos is a serious toxin. The workers were right to get a settlement. Some of them will die in the future – it takes 15 to 25 years for the cancer to develop.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
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