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France 24 takes you to meet a hero of September 11. A former New York firefighter, Richard Roeill is now gravely ill after inhaling the toxic fumes that leaked out in the collapsing Twin Towers. Today, he fights within an association to ensure that each victim obtains compensation.
September 11 continues to kill. According to a report by the victims’ compensation fund released on Tuesday, more people appear to have died from illnesses linked to the attacks than on the day of the attacks. In all, more than 67,000 claims have been made to this fund since it opened in 2011.
Most of the files relate to people living or working near the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, whose collapse released toxic fumes that blanketed the neighborhood for weeks.
Twenty years after the attacks, rescuers also continue to pay a heavy price. Meet Richard Roeill, a former New York firefighter who spent days digging through the rubble of the twin towers.