Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center leadership for the announcement that the world-renowned Buffalo medical center has been designated as a provider of free medical care for first responders and others who served in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C.,and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“The designation opens the door to free, expert care for the first responders and others who bravely worked in the initial search and rescue efforts following the attack on the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, as well as months of recovery work, risking their owns lives through exposure to toxins on the site,” Mayor Brown said.
Overseen by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the program covers medically necessary treatment for certified World Trade Center-related health conditions at no cost to the patient.
The program was established under The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. “On behalf of the people of Buffalo, I can say we are proud this world-class Buffalo institution will offer the specialized care and support 9/11 first responders so badly need, and so greatly deserve.”
First responders face unique occupational health risks in the line of duty. Research conducted at Roswell Park shows that health risks for first responders are multifactorial and include exposures from several aspects of their work environment.
Chronic exposures to heat, smoke, and toxic flame retardants through inhalation, ingestion, skin absorption, and chronic stress put first responders, including fire and law enforcement personnel, at risk for many cancers.
Mayor Brown Takes Part in Food Drive at the BMHA’s Marine Drive Apartments
Mayor Brown and Common Council Member Mitch Nowakowski today joined members of the Marine Drive Apartments Tenant Council for a food drive. Pastor Eric Johns, of the Buffalo Dream Center, stopped by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority development with his mobile food pantry to pass out more than 100 bags of free groceries.
“I thank Pastor Eric and the Dream Center for their efforts to distribute food to those in need across the City of Buffalo. Its efforts like this define why Buffalo is known as the City of Good Neighbors,” Mayor Brown said.