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9/11 First Responders, Others At Ground Zero, Among Those Most Vulnerable To COVID-19

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CBS Miami

9/11 First Responders, Others At Ground Zero, Among Those Most Vulnerable To COVID-19

By Frances Wang

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Seniors and people with underlying health conditions have been the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, and that includes the 9/11 first responders and the thousands of others whose health were impacted by breathing in the toxins at Ground Zero.

Rose Yaruskkaya, a Parkland resident, was a college student at Pace University in lower Manhattan. She still remembers the small details.

“Class was starting at 9:05,” said Yaruskkay. “[I was] actually stuck on the train on the station right under the Twin Towers.

Yaruskkaya remembers the sirens, the commotions.

“Everyone was running, everyone was looking up,” said Yaruskkaya. “I saw on of the Twin Towers on fire.”

Americans have heard the heartbreaking stories of first responders during 9/11, like Ray Pfeiffer and Lou Alvarez, who spent the rest of their lives fighting for fellow first responders to get funding and care for the many who suffered major health impacts.

Pfeiffer and Alvarez have since died.

Read more: https://miami.cbslocal.com/2020/07/03/ground-zero-911-first-responders-coronavirus/