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Press Release: 9/11 Responders Heading to D.C. 12/21/10

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:16 pm    Post subject: Press Release: 9/11 Responders Heading to D.C. 12/21/10
From Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:00 pm to Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:00 pm (included)
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Press Advisory

Contact: John Feal, 516-901-7427 Mobile, 631-724-3320 Office

9/11 Responders Heading to D.C.,

Won't Leave Until 9/11 Health Bill Passes Senate

-First stop: the White House, to call on President Obama to speak out and get personally involved in the effort to pass the Zadroga Act-

A group of 9/11 responders will be traveling to Washington on Tuesday morning – and they won't leave until the Zadroga 9/11 health bill passes the Senate. Another vote on the bill is expected in the Senate on Tuesday or Wednesday, but the responders will stay as long as it takes to get the job done.

The first responders’ first stop in D.C. will be the White House, where they will urge President Obama to get involved in the fight to pass the bill. On Friday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs couldn't answer when asked if President Obama has made any calls in support of the 9/11 health bill.

WHO: Sick and injured 9/11 first responders and their families

WHAT: News conference

WHEN: Tuesday, December 21st

11:00 A.M.

WHERE: Lafayette Park, H and 16 Street NW, Washington, DC

BUS ITINERARY: 1 Bus leaving Park & Ride off the L.I.E at 4.00am, then stopping at 42nd & 8th by the P.A. Bus Terminal at 4.45 A.M.; then 125 Barclay St at 5.00 A.M.; The bus will make final stop at Molly Pitcher rest stop on NJTP at exit 8.

RSVP: Glen Klein 516 655 1478 or trublueny@aol.com

Anne Marie Baumann 516 551 0986 or ar1cb2@aol.com

Bus and Hotel provided by the FealGood Foundation; you will not get on this bus without RSVP’ing to the FGF.

Anyone going on this historic trip will act professionally and conduct themselves like 9/11 Responders, Volunteers and Survivors.


December 18, 2010

Dear Mr. President Obama,

My daddy, police officer Robert Helmke NYPD, died after 9/11 from getting sick from the work he did there. I was only 3 years old and my brother Garrett was 5. We sometimes forget him and cry because we do not see him anymore, but our mommy helps us remember him every day! We went down to Washington in September to help pass the 9/11 health bill through Congress. My mommy told my daddy's story about how sick he got and how he was so brave.

My mommy explained to us that the 9/11 health bill still has to pass through the Senate and we do not understand why it is taking so long to pass. She can't answer our questions. She told our daddy's story, Senator Gillibrand told our daddy's story, our closest friends are other kids whose daddy's and mommies died after 9/11 to, they are sad like us. I see how sad my mommy gets because she does not understand why the 9/11 health bill has not passed through the Senate yet.

The 9/11 Health Bill is for my daddy and other people who died. It is for all the sick people who need it now, they can't wait. I asked my mommy if I could write you a letter so that you can tell me why.


Amelia Helmke

Hauppauge, NY
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