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The 9/11 attacks ripped through America two decades ago in 2001, with 2021’s dark anniversary providing a time of sober reflection in just under a week. For some, however, the attacks have left a devastating decades-long imprint they may never shake. These come in the form of both mental and physical illness which, for first responders especially, has proven deadly.
Hundreds of first responders attending scenes in New York on September 11 lost their lives.
Official figures state 343 firefighters died on the day alone.
Many of those who didn’t die on the scene developed deadly chronic illnesses such as cancer, respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions.
Health experts believe they developed these conditions as a direct consequence of breathing in toxic fumes ejected by the collapsing World Trade Centre.
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Deadly post-9/11 effects revealed – how the attacks STILL terrorise first responders (Image: GETTY)
Post-9/11 effects: The 9/11 attacks pushed a cloud of toxic fumes into the air (Image: GETTY)
Dust from the September 11 attacks spread through several blocks in New York’s Lower Manhattan district, leaving a deadly cloud of asbestos and other toxic materials that affected thousands of people.
Data from the Uniformed Firefighters Association of New York has shown the consequences these diseases have had.
Using the data, statistics authority Statista crafted a graph showing how a wave of deaths has grown within the ranks of New York’s finest.
Figures show that the year after the crisis, in September 2002, only one New York Fire Department (FDNY) member died from a “World Trade Centre-related” death.
Post-9/11 effects: A graph showing fatalities in the years following 9/11 (Image: STATISTA)
Post-9/11 effects: Firefighters attending the scene on 9/11 (Image: GETTY)
But by 2003, this had increased to four, and deaths have only increased following brief dips in 2005 and 2010.
FDNY deaths related to 9/11 entered double figures at 14 in 2009.
Aside from a brief slip in 2010 to six, they have remained in this range since then.
Between 2011 and 2016, an average of 15 people FDNY responders died.
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Post-9/11 effects: Hundreds of people have died in the years following 9/11 (Image: GETTY)
Post-9/11 effects: Survivors of the attacks saw an increase in declining mental health (Image: GETTY)
Deaths reached a grim new milestone in 2017 when more than 20 people died for the first time.
In 2018, the association recorded its most deaths, with a total of 26.
A further 19, 22 and 16 people died in 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively, with several hundred total deaths.
As of September 6, 2021, the association lists 250 FDNY deaths since 2001 as resulting from a 9/11-related illness.
Many of those who don’t die continue to live lives disabled by the effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
PTSD rates surged following the event, both amongst the general population and first responders.
One study of people across the US in the November of 2001 found that PTSD rates among New Yorkers had reached 11.2 percent.
The rest of the US population had rates of roughly four percent, and military suicides have grown to become four times greater than deaths in action in the last 20 years.