Peter Woods hardly called in sick back when he worked for the New York Police Department. Then terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, creating a noxious cloud of finite glass, cancer-causing chemicals and other pollutants that hovered for months around ground zero.
"I was healthy before 9/11," said Woods, a retired police sergeant whose simple statement echoes thousands of other...
Back when Charlie Wilson was an avid runner, the only flutter he ever felt in his chest came from indigestion.
That changed on Sept. 11. The now-retired New York police sergeant spent nearly every day for the next six months at the World Trade Center. He helped with rescue and cleanup missions, all while breathing in the hazardous dust still settling over lower Manhattan.