NEWSWEEK: Today marks 19 years since the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The attacks took the lives of 2,974 people, the deadliest terror attack on American soil.
In New York, 2,750 people were killed, at the Pentagon 184 died and a further 40 people were killed in Pennsylvania—when one of the hijacked planes crashed as passengers tried to retake it from terrorists.
In New York, more than 400 police and firefighters were killed at the scene of the attack when the twin towers came down.
The death toll from the tragedy continues to rise to this day as those who worked at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the attack succumb to related illnesses.
According to information supplied to Newsweek by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3,946 members of the World Trade Center Health Program, which supports first responders and survivors on-site during and after the 9/11 attacks, have died.
The spokesperson for the organization couldn’t confirm whether the deaths of these members was related to their 9/11-related conditions, but Newsday reported that more than 125,000 people, including 79,000 first responders, have enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program, and at least 18,000 have been diagnosed with a 9/11-related cancer.