Episode 135: Defining Heroism – 9/11 First Responder Tom Frey

Episode 135: Defining Heroism – 9/11 First Responder Tom Frey


* * * TW / CW : mortality, and graphic discussion of the events during and in the aftermath of 9/11, 2001 * * *

Twenty years after 9/11, some first responders are still struggling with long-term health complications brought on by the historic event. For Tom Frey, a former NYC detective, the consequences started with a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma — the treatment for which then caused pulmonary fibrosis (PF) — a life-threatening, incurable lung disease. His illness can be linked back to inhaled dust from his rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Tom’s not alone. Officials worry that deaths of 9/11 first responders due to illnesses caused by exposures at Ground Zero will soon outnumber deaths of those who lost their lives that day. Despite Tom’s terminal health struggles, he works hard to drive awareness, research, and funds for a cure for pulmonary fibrosis – especially during Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month, which happens to be in September. A true hero, Tom will tell you he would do it all over again tomorrow, even as he struggles daily to breathe and relies on oxygen.



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