By: E&P Staff
The New York Times, in a story on today’s front page, suggested that details of the saga of a “first responder” to the 9/11 catastrophe in New York City in 2001 had been overhyped last month by everyone from Sen. Hillary Clinton to New York’s Daily News. The man, Ceasar Borja, recently passed away, and it turns out he did not arrive at Ground Zero in new York until months after the terrorist attacks.
The Daily News has just released the following statement, stating that it is a shame that Borja is not alive to “defend himself to the New York Times.”
The Daily News will continue to focus on efforts to improve health care access for those directly affected by September 11, 2001. Clearly there are significant health issues facing first responders working at Ground Zero. Studies from the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Medical Monitoring program and others have confirmed that thousands of rescue and construction workers have suffered physical and mental health effects related to their work at Ground Zero.
As Senator Clinton and Congresswoman Maloney said yesterday, it is important not to lose sight of the big picture ? that there is now seemingly irrefutable proof that the health of hundreds of Ground Zero workers has been severely damaged by the toxic air that surrounded the World Trade Center site.
In death, Officer Ceasar Borja became a symbol of the sacrifice and dedication made by thousands of first responders, construction workers and everyday New Yorkers on and after September 11, 2001. Sadly, Ceasar Borja is not here to defend himself to the New York Times as it questions his actions three weeks after his death.
The Daily News has no doubt that Officer Ceasar Borja remains one of New York?s unsung heroes.