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The names of 112 New York City firefighters who died of illnesses after spending time working in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the September 11 attacks were added Tuesday to a memorial in the state's capital city for firefighters killed in the line of duty.
The Fire Department of New York firefighters make up most of the 118 new names etched onto to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial located in the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany.
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Thousands of people who participated in the rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center have been diagnosed with illnesses that their doctors or families suspect might be linked to toxins in the smoke and ash at the Lower Manhattan site.
Research continues into the long-term health impact on people exposed to sooty air at the Trade Center site.
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'We still have many of our members dealing with illnesses as a result of their response and work at Ground Zero,' said James Long, an FDNY spokesman.
The New York' Police Department and FDNY also have memorials for personnel who have died of illnesses since September 11, 2001.
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It wasn't clear from FDNY officials why the 112 firefighters were added now to the 19-year-old memorial. The names include FDNY firefighters who died as along ago as 2003 and others...
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