Sept. 11: Continuing to mourn the dead, fight for the living

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Tammy Johnson from Saratoga, N.Y. pays her respects to the thousands of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack at the site where the World Trade Center once stood.

The immediate victims of that day were not just the thousands killed in New York, Pennsylvania and their families, but also Ground Zero workers. Unions, 9/11 families, health professionals, police, EMS workers and firefighters are demanding that first responders get the appropriate care from injuries they got on the job.

The GOP-run Environmental Protection Agency knowingly gave misleading information on air quality to residents and workers in the attack’s aftermath. Hazardous dust and debris from the three buildings destroyed on 9/11 have resulted in illnesses.

Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son, Christian, 28, died in the trade center collapse said she hopes the joint Sept. 11 appearance of Barack Obama and John McCain at the site will mean that all elected officials “will take a more meaningful role ... in health care for first responders who are now sick and dying.”