Better death benefits sought after fatality linked to Ground Zero work
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By THOMAS FRANK
The first evidence linking a rescuer's death to fumes created by the dust cloud after the World Trade Center's collapse on 9/11 has spurred New York union leaders to push for better death benefits for workers' families.
A coroner ruled that a New York City police detective's death Jan. 5 was "directly related" to inhaling "toxic fumes and dusts" at Ground Zero. The detective, 34-year-old James Zadroga, had spent two months after the attacks working in the Trade Center ruins and at a landfill where rubble was taken.