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When Terror Attacks Keep Terrorizing
Too often, when a terror attack gets reported, we learn only of the number of deaths and injuries. We rarely get a glimpse into the on-going reality of those who were present at the scene — from “minor injuries” which can end up becoming life-long problems to post-traumatic stress, a crippling phenomenon.
The 9/11 terror attack came with a unique set of lingering effects — specifically, the illnesses contracted by first responders and volunteers involved in the clean-up of the site, who were exposed to toxic fumes that wreaked havoc with their bodies.
The rescue and recovery operation at the site lasted until May 30, 2002, almost nine months after the attack.
On May 30, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the end of that effort, plans were announced to create a memorial at the site of the former World Trade Center for the workers and volunteers who were poisoned during the clean-up efforts.