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New York Post

Cop Union Starts Its WTC-Woe Tracker

By SUSAN EDELMAN

July 23, 2006 — More than 25 police officers who believe their illnesses stem from toxic smoke, dust and debris at Ground Zero have already signed on to a new medical registry that their union will unveil tomorrow.

The sick cops, and one who died, are aged 32 to 48. They include seven with sarcoidosis, a potentially fatal inflammatory disease, seven with cancer, one who suffered a heart attack, and four with lung disease.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said the registry was created to fill an "information void" from the federally funded World Trade Center monitoring and treatment programs, led by Mount Sinai Hospital.

"Our members have received precious little information . . . [on] health consequences our members are experiencing," Lynch said.

The registry lists data on each unnamed officer: age, sex, symptoms, diagnosis, time spent at Ground Zero, the WTC morgue or Fresh Kills landfill.

Soon, cops will be able to communicate with each other to ask questions and share information on the registry Web site, nycpba.org/wtc.

More than 120 disabled NYPD cops have joined a class-action lawsuit against the city, said lawyer David Worby.

He said WTC doctors "in medical denial" have not asked him for mounting data on more than 300 cancers in 9/11 responders.

Mount Sinai said Friday it is finishing an "initial analysis" of cancers in WTC workers examined between 2001 and 2004, and compiling data on cancers found since then.

"We have said since Day 1 that an increase in cancer was a real risk to these workers," a spokesman said.

susan.edelman@nypost.com