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Remembering first responders killed in Sept. 11 terror attacks

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NEW YORK (KUSI) — Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States — a horror that killed over 3,000 people, many of which were fighting to save others.  

What is often overlooked is the death toll suffered by the first responders from New York and New Jersey. The New York Fire Department (NYFD) alone lost 343 firefighters when the of the World Trade Towers collapsed. 

As World Trade Tower workers walked down stairwells evacuating, these firefighters bravely climbed up stairs to where the fires were burning. 

Since the deadly attacks, several more first responders who provided rescue efforts have died due to health-related illnesses. According to the World Trade Center Health Program, at least 70 different cancers have been linked to Ground Zero and over a thousand firefighters and recovery workers died from working in the carcinogenic rubble. 

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