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Press release from Oklahoma City Fire Fighters

Oklahoma City Fire Fighters Association
December 21, 2010

As the first responders to the tragic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995, the professional fire fighters of Oklahoma call upon the United States Senate to pass the James A. Zadroga Health and Compensation Act.

The brave men and women who responded to the 9/11 attacks deserve to be protected. An event like 9/11 exposes public safety personnel to high levels of toxins, physiological, and psychological hazards that cause both immediate and long term mental and physical health issues. It has been almost ten years since that tragic day and fire fighters, police officers, and those who worked on the pile remain without adequate health monitoring and care. It is a national disgrace.

"We lived through the horror in Oklahoma City in April 1995, and many of our members responded to Ground Zero during 9/11. Fire fighters are always there for our country, and we need Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe to be there for our FDNY brothers and sisters!

The Oklahoma Fire Fighters urge our two Senators to stand tall with America's first responders. Instead of employing procedural tactics of delay, vote to give the hero's of 9/11 the protection and benefits they have earned.

Phil Sipe
Oklahoma City Firefighters Association
IAFF Local 157

By Greg Sargent  | December 21, 2010; 5:42 PM ET
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