Ground Zero volunteer wins 13-year battle to prove service, get help

It’s been more than a dozen years since Jaime Hazan rushed to Ground Zero to help clean up the toxic pile of rubble as America sought to recover from one of its darkest days.

But it was only yesterday when a New York court finally recognized his service, ordering that he and potentially thousands of others who took it upon themselves to help be awarded aid from a special fund set up to compensate rescue and recovery workers and administered by the state Worker’s Compensation Board. Hazan, an emergency medical technician at the time, and now a resident of Jersey City, N.J., still suffers from sinus and stomach ailments and anxiety that leaves him unable to work.

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