The 9/11 Toll on FBI Responders
Special Agent Scott McDonough was assisting scientists guard a vast landfill to safeguard complicated waste would not means a inauspicious collapse. That meant holding photos of it from a sky in an FBI helicopter.
For only over 3 weeks after a militant attacks of Sep 11, 2001, McDonough, afterwards an FBI pilot, flew a helicopter over a Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York, as good as over a World Trade Center rubble in Manhattan. He kept a helicopter doorway open to take those photos, choking down infested atmosphere that done his throat burn.
Crews sent pieces of a buildings and other complicated waste on barges down a Hudson River to Fresh Kills, a landfill about a distance of 1,500 football fields. There, other FBI crew processed a vast and formidable pieces of evidence.
“One of a large concerns is we were putting complicated fill—concrete, cement, steel from these buildings, into a landfill that was done for unchanging garbage,” McDonough said. “We did mixed print flights a day perplexing to assistance a scientists forestall an environmental catastrophe.”
Nearly 16 years later, in Aug 2017, McDonough was diagnosed with cancer. He’s one of some-more than 100 FBI crew who’ve gotten ill as a outcome of their response to 9/11. (There might be more, though informing a FBI of an illness is voluntary.) Seventeen FBI crew have died as a outcome of these illnesses.