New York Daily News

November 10, 2010



 

The badges of 29 cops who died of
Ground Zero-related illnesses will
go on display in Congress in an
attempt to build support for the Zadroga Act.

   
 
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  The badges of 29 cops who died of Ground Zero-related illnesses will go on display in Congress in an attempt to build support for the Zadroga Act.

The badges of cops who died of Ground Zero-related illnesses will go on display in the U.S. Senate next month - an attempt to shame to shame lawmakers into passing the 9/11 health bill.

The array of 29 badges and nameplates was unveiled Tuesday at the New York City Police Museum.

"This nation has a huge responsibility to fund the medical treatment of those officers who are suffering," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

"When their names and their shields are displayed in the Russell Senate Office Building, it will send a very strong message to all of America: What they did was on behalf of this country."

Supporters of the $7.4 billion James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act plan to install the display in early December and then take it on a nationwide tour.

Eileen Weintraub took her 9-year-old son, Ryan, to the New York unveiling to see his dad's badge. "When Daddy died, you were 4 years old," said Weintraub, 45, of Holbrook, L.I.

Officer Ronald Weintraub died in 2005 at age 43 from bile duct cancer. He spent 100 hours at Ground Zero, his wife said.

New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are pushing to get the Zadroga bill passed before January, when they'd have to start from scratch with a new Congress.