The terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, resulted in a total of 2,606 people going missing.
“Team Rodeo,” a group of 12 ex-police officers, volunteered to work at the ground zero location to assist in the search for the missing
Tony Zeoli, the officer who founded the organisation 16 years ago, has spoken out about the atrocities he and his colleagues endured.
He’s published a book called “Rising from the Ashes,” which details their ordeal and the ongoing fight they face.
He describes how he and the rest of team Rodeo have all experienced health problems as a result of breathing type 3 asbestos dust, jet
fuel, and other substances.
In 2008, Tony was told he had skin cancer, dysphasia, and sleep apnea.
His speech is impaired, he is unable to consume solid foods, and he has acid reflux.
This resulted in two unsuccessful throat surgeries, and his digestive system is now in shambles.
To add insult to injury, he also has Type 2 diabetes.
Team Rodeo was on the lookout for survivors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tony reveals that he and his crew worked nonstop at ground zero in the hope of finding survivors.
They would sleep on site and work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
But it isn’t just Tony who is suffering from health problems as a result of the terrorist strikes.
Other members of the team are also dealing with health issues.
Ken Cordo and John Soltes, both 65, suffer from a persistent cough that doctors refer to as “the World Trade Center Cough.”
They also have a variety of other issues, such as skin cancer and sleep apnea, with PTSD being the most serious.
Jim O’Hanlon, another member of the squad, committed himself by jumping off a bridge in 2009 after suffering from PTSD for years.
Each of the 12 officers has suffered in some way.
Thousands more are afflicted with life-threatening illnesses.
Thousands of additional individuals were exposed to the site after the terror attacks, and as a result, they are now suffering from various
ailments, the most of which are malignancies.
The World Trade Center Health Registry has now officially recognised 70 cancers as being caused by exposure to ground zero gases.
Every lung disease, GERD, sinusitis, sleep apnea, depression, PTSD, and asthma are also recognised.
They further claim that the number of cases of 9-11-related illnesses is growing over time.
The first responders on the scene are among the people who have been most affected.
In reality, more than 750 first responders are thought to have perished in the years after the assaults. Many people have been exposed to
type 3 asbestos.
This is about a third of the number of people that perished in the terror attacks in New York on September 11th.
According to reports, the air was extremely hazardous.
Type 3 asbestos, human remains, and mercury, among other hazardous substances, were found in the air, according to reports.
Despite assurances from Christine Todd Whitman, the director of the Environmental Health Protection Agency at the time, that the region
Air testing was apparently negative at the time.
Members of Team Rodeo and other first responders have been left saddened and outraged, since they had put their faith in the
The majority of the dust was generated by pulverised concrete.
The majority of people who inhale it get silicosis, a respiratory disease.
The rest was a mixture of macerated elements, many of which are connected to chronic illnesses.
Type 3 asbestos and human remains were also found in the dust.
Unfortunately, only the remnants of 1,500 of the 2,606 individuals who died that day were discovered by initial responders.
First responders are paid a stipend.
The government enacted the Zadroga Act in 2010, recognising the site’s toxicity.
They approved pay for first responders financed by the federal government.
As a result of the 9-11 events, an increasing number of individuals are getting diseases.
The gases are also thought to have harmed the lungs of youngsters and unborn infants.
New York University is actively doing research.
PTSD cases are on the rise.
Many people who were involved in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Post
Traumatic Stress Syndrome).
And the number of instances appears to be increasing.
PTSD affects those who have been through a traumatic incident such as combat, a vehicle accident, or even sexual assault.
It has the potential to cause severe depression.
After all these years, many experienced cops still battle with the illness.
Many people, particularly males, are hesitant to disclose it since it is still considered a mental illness.
They were offered a variety of therapies in the days following the catastrophe, but none of them worked.
Team Rodeo creates their own support system.
Since the assaults, Team Rodeo has met every week in a neighbourhood bar for 730 weeks in a row.
Jim Lynch, one of the team’s previous partners, was killed in the accident.
After the attack, two of his buddies went looking for him, which led to the formation of Team Rodeo.
A few weeks later, Jim’s body was discovered.
Every week, the group gathers in the bar, sometimes the entire group, sometimes just two or three of them, to chat and reflect.
The fact that they have all been through similar experiences and understand how each other feels serves as therapy for them.