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MetroFocus: September 9, 2021

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Health Effects of 9/11 Still Plague Responders and Survivors

John Feal, now 54 years old, was a supervisor at a demolition company when terrorists hijacked two planes that brought down the World Trade Center buildings—and two others that crashed into the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pa., respectively—20 years ago. Feal, who hails from Long Island, N.Y., arrived the day after New York City’s iconic buildings came down. He had been working at Ground Zero for five straight days when 8,000 pounds of steel crushed his left foot. […]

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‘So many are sick and dying,’ says 9/11 survivor advocate

John Feal, a prominent Sept. 11 survivor advocate, told the Thomson Reuters about his efforts to ensure healthcare and support for victims and first responders after the attacks Read More : https://news.trust.org/item/20210910091501-3quln/

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John Feal: The Bulldog Who Forced Congress

John Feal was a demolition supervisor at Ground Zero. During the cleanup 8,000 pounds of steel dropped on Feal’s foot, leading to partial amputation. After he was denied compensation for his injury by employers, insurance companies, and elected officials, Feal became the leading advocate for 9/11’s victims. He took his historic fight to Washington and with the help of comedian Jon Stewart, they passed a series of laws to ensure that those who’ve sacrificed so much would be taken care […]

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20 Years Later: A Remembrance of our 9/11 Heroes

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9/11 Responder Advocate John Feal Shares Life Advice: “You only die once, you live every day.”

John Feal is a 9/11 responder who lost half of his left foot when an 8,000-pound steel beam fell on him a week into nonstop rescue efforts in 2001. Since then, the former demolition foreman has become the leading advocate and face of the efforts to get compensation for first responders. That journey has come with a lot of wisdom, and twenty years after the tragedy, his words really hit home. “Nobody owns 9/11,” he reminds us. “We’re all shareholders.” […]

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This FDNY firefighter retired 5 days before 9/11. The attacks brought him back to the job.

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Injured 9/11 responder reflects on the past two decades

Former construction worker John Feal, who was injured at ground zero during cleanup efforts after 9/11, joins CBSN’s Tanya Rivero to look back on the events 20 years later and discuss the lasting health impact it had on many responders.

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John Feal: Tomorrow ‘should be a remembrance of how good we used to be’

John Feal, who worked the recovery and cleanup at Ground Zero and has been a tireless advocate in to get protections and compensation for first responders, joins Andrea Mitchell as the country prepares to mark 20 years since 9/11, saying that it should be taken as a chance to recognize and remember the heroism and service on display in the wake of the attacks. “Everyone keeps saying 20-year anniversary. It’s the 20-year remembrance, and it should be a remembrance of […]

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