Journeys of the Questress - WTC
Coronavirus Decimates Ailing Sept. 11 Responders
The Way it Was - 1
The Way it Was - 2
Sept 19 - When Tomorrow Never Comes
Sept 27 - Oral Interpretation
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 1
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 2
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 3
Oct 11 - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Oct 28 - Each Day I Search the Rubble
Nov 12 - When Spires Fall
Nov 19 - 911 The Rape of America
Dec 14 - Just A Thought
Dec 18 - A Sense of Place
Feb 2 - Final Pass to the End Zone
March 3 - Sitting on the Edge
March 14- Do You Still Remember
March 20 - Virtual Walk-Through
March 25 - When Will It End - Part 1
March 25 - When Will It End - Part 2
April 1 - Towers of Light
May 14 - View From Above
May 30 - Tunnel At the End of the Light
May 31 - Seventeen Hundred
Aug 9 - From the Margins Erased
Aug 30 - The Train Doesn't Stop There Anymore
Sept 9 - Ceremonies of Light and Dark
Sept 10 - Just An Anniversary
Sept 12 - September Holds Great Promise
Literary Reflections
Rebirth and Resurrection
The Winter Garden Springs To Life
The Winter Garden Springs To Life - con't
Underpass to the Past
Rebuilding Ground Zero
Under Hallowed Ground
What Will Fill the Void?
I Submit a Design
Footprints in the Dust
My Memorial Design Submission
My Memorial Design - Drawings
New Path Train Station
Path Station Tour
May We Never Forget
That Which Surives
War Without End
4th Anniversary
Footprints in the Dust
I Miss 9/11
Time Comes Between Us
A Thousand Cranes
Fear Factor
Love Letters On The Wall
Empty Chairs
Sitting on the Edge of Forever
Walking the Perimeter of Emptiness
A Counting of Days
For Friends Absent But Not Forgotten
The Memory Keeper's Promise
Unbreak My Heart
Standing On The Edge Of Forever
Both Sides Now
A Memory In Time
The Gravity of Loss
The Survivors Rise Up
Flowers Will Bloom
The Fire Within Us
The Sentinel
Stronger Than The Storm
Between the Candle and the Stars
A Journey Through Remembrance
Canticle of Remembrance
Beyond the Crucible of Chaos
Journey Through Remembrance project
What See We Now
Forever In Our Hearts
Keeping the Flame Alive
The Rebuilding of Ground Zero continues
Does Anyone Care Anymore?
Where Is Our Story Teller of Pain
At Memory's Edge
Dust Thou Art and to Dust Thou Shalt Return
Heroes Never Die
The Flame Inside Our Hearts
The Year of the Heroes of 9/11
Déjà Vu
Remembering 9/11 in the year of COVID-19
Coronavirus Decimates Ailing Sept. 11 Responders
Touching From a Distance
That Which Survives 20 years later
2021 - 20 years later
Memories of Terror Return
Putin's Name Covered Over On Teardrop Memorial
The 9/11 Tribute Museum Closes
When Memories Fade Away
St. Nicholas at Ground Z is rebuilt
The Blue Wall of the Unidentified Victims
When Time Calls Your Name
When Art Gets It All Wrong


Coronavirus Decimates Ailing Sept. 11 Responders

As the pandemic was raging and we were getting closer to the anniversary of 9/11, I wondered how many of the 9/11 survivors have fallen to COVID. Then I came across this wonderful article posted on the NY Post’s website. It describes only a few of the cases, just the tip of the iceberg. I’m sure before the pandemic is over more will succumb. I’ve copied it out in its entirety in case, as time passes, the website posting disappears:


Coronavirus Decimates Ailing Sept. 11 Responders, Workers Say


 Carl Campanile August 30, 2020  7:22pm


First they battled 9/11-related illnesses — and now they’re dead from the coronavirus. Dozens of emergency first-responders and others who were stricken with underlying illnesses linked to their work around Ground Zero have succumbed to the pandemic, a top victims’ lawyer told The Post.

“It’s a perfect storm,’’ said Michael Barasch, whose law firm represents thousands of 9/11 survivors, responders and victims’ kin enrolled with the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund. “The most common 9/11 illness was respiratory disease,” Barasch said. “Your immune system is shot.”

“COVID attacks everyone, but the most vulnerable are those with respiratory illness who can’t fight the virus. … It shouldn’t surprise us that so many in the 9/11 community are getting COVID and are unable to fight it. It’s heartbreaking.” The lawyer with Barasch McGarry said 98 of his clients who recently died either contracted or are suspected of having gotten COVID-19 and that killed them. He said he expects the virus death toll among his clients to rise, too, making this year’s somber 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Manhattan’s World Trade Center even more grief-filled.

“People in the 9/11 community are scared because they can’t fight it off. They are literally scared to death,” he said of the virus.

According to Barasch, those with 9/11-related illnesses who died from COVID-19 include Michael Hankins, 69, a retired marshal from the Addisleigh section of Queens who was diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and died from the coronavirus April 2. Hankins responded to Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks and spent weeks at a makeshift morgue near there documenting evidence, such as recovery of body parts or other material, to help identify the dead. During that time, he met his future wife, Victoria Burton, a retired police detective, who also performed the same gruesome task for the NYPD. Burton told The Post that her husband’s health “went south very quickly’’ after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Before then, he had been healthy enough to referee sporting events, she said. Burton said 2020 was going to be the year for the couple to travel together. “You make plans, but nothing is guaranteed,” she said sadly.

Arthur Lacker, 72, a driver for a construction company spent two and a half years helping clear debris from Ground Zero, only to develop lung cancer and asthma and then die of COVID-19 on April 22. “Artie was a young 72,” said his wife, Robin Lacker, noting he was still working before contracting the virus. She said she could not see her husband after he was hospitalized with COVID, given the ban on visitation during the peak of the pandemic. “The only time I saw him was on a Facebook chat to say goodbye,’’ she said. “What Artie went through was horrendous,’’ Lacker said — as she urged New Yorkers to “be respectful of other people. Wear a mask’’ amid the virus.

And Beatrice Granberg, 79, worked as an administrative aide at Standard & Poors near the WTC and was exposed to toxic air for months before developing lymphoma, then died from COVID-19 on May 9. She died two weeks after being released from a nursing home on Staten Island after treatment for her cancer, said her daughter, Lisa Venosa. The daughter said she believes her mother contracted the coronavirus while at the nursing home. “My mom survived 9/11, and then she got lymphoma, and then she got COVID. We still are in disbelief,” Venosa said.