Rayn: Indeed! Though it’s not very obvious from the video, these rescue workers are actually firemen from the Slovak Republic. The first clue is that one is wearing pants with reflectors across the bottom. Then, in a few shots, you can even see the word “Hasiči” written large, across the back of their shirts, and also in the front, top, left-corner pocket area. 🙂 One google search of the word quickly solved the mystery, for me.
(Rocco Parascandola, Ben Kochman) The woman diagnosed with cancer from toxic fumes she inhaled rescuing cats and dogs from homes in the shadow of Ground Zero has died — but her mission to help ailing 9/11 rescuers lives on, relatives said.
Diane DiGiacomo, 52, died with her sister Donna, brother Paul and son Stephan by her side Friday at her New Jersey home.
The single mother had dedicated the last moments of her life to pushing Congress to renew the Zadroga Act, which compensates families of ailing 9/11 first-responders.
Rayn: As I lament the great and senseless loss of life that took place on this day in history, I also do my best to celebrate our “Ground Zero” responders, as well. And, since so many are STILL sick and dying as a direct result of their valiant and noble efforts in the weeks and months following 9/11/01, the battles they have been fighting since then should not be ignored! Their betrayal by our federal government is nothing less than criminal, and continues to go largely unnoticed!