Almost four years after the death of James Zadroga, President Barack Obama signed a health bill in the police officer’s name Sunday.  The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act provides health care coverage to the workers and nearby residents of Ground Zero.

James Zadroga was a New York City police officer who died of a respiratory illness thought to have been caused by exposure to toxic chemicals at the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The bill provides money to track and treat illnesses as well as reinstates victims’ compensation fund for an extra five years, covering economic losses suffered by sickened workers.

We will never forget the selfless courage demonstrated by the firefighters, police officers, and first responders who risked their lives to save others, Obama said in a statement. I believe this is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks.

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