Firefighters and cops who survived the collapse of the twin towers on 9/11 are still suffering from posttraumatic stress and physical scars.
The death, destruction and inability to find every victim in the World Trade Center attack continues to inflict physical and emotional scars on the police and fire personnel who responded that day or spent a year in the aftermath of the disaster, according to the New York Daily News.
Twenty months later, severe mental health cases are increasing among cops who were at the twin towers’ collapse, or worked at Ground Zero or the morgue or the Fresh Kills landfill.
Firefighters are still seeking counseling in record numbers. And the physical toll is high: 200 firefighters were forced to retire because of lung ailments from Ground Zero, and hundreds more may have to leave the job in the next year for the same reason, department officials said.