9/11’s Devastating Effects

We all know about September 11, 2001. On that devastating day two airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and caused over 2,000 lives to be lost.

Even though it happened almost 16 years ago, it still affects the lives of many people to this day.

One example of this is a local resident of ours, Doug Greenwood. On December 12 of this year he took his own life due to the losing battle he was having with his lung disease.                        

On 9/11 after the collapse of the towers, clouds of dust filled Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn with harmful pollutants. First responders went into this without masks since they didn’t how harmful these gases were.

The website NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) has stated that 60,000-70,000 first responders were exposed to these toxic gases and many contacted some form of Lung Disease.

Now let's look back at Doug Greenwood’s case. He was an NYPD commanding officer when the terrorist attack happened.

Kevin McCormick, a photographer who captured much of the post-9/11 wreckage, stated that,”Because he was in a position of being in charge, he couldn’t keep his mask on, really, because he was always on the radio...knew it was coming.”

A good friend of Doug’s, Ralph Friedman also stated that,”struggled all the time...It was constant,


increasing pain. It hurt to breathe. He would never do something like this unless he has no choice. And he had no choice.”

He couldn’t stand the constant pain that he was in and eventually took his own life at Frazer Park on December 12 with a self inflicted shot. He was 61 years of age when he died.

Many first responders that were there during that day still suffer like Doug did.

Dr. Michael Crane who runs the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital (in NYC) has told us that,”To this day, we really don’t know everything that was in that dust cloud, certainly we are going to see more cancer.”

Here is where you can help. The Never Forget Project has been founded for those affected by 9/11 and their families.

As their website stated, their mission is to show support to the families of the FDNY who have lost family members who served in the rescue and recovery effort on 9/11.

The illnesses caused by the toxic gases has made members permanently disable, terminally ill and can account for the loss of 110 FDNY members.

With your donation, you can help to support the medical needs of those affected and help with the trauma that their family members still have.

Max Pelkonen