Several 911 workers have received a settlement from New York City. You would think that these people would have received health-care and money for their heroism, but that is not what happened.
My good friend Juan Marquez was a security guard in a nearby building. He helped save many lives immediately after the second tower plummeted. Since then, he has had respiratory problems, eye trouble, and a lot of mental problems. “I didn’t even have to be there to help. I wasn’t a police officer or fireman. I only received news of the settlement yesterday, but it still hurts that I have been ignored for all these years,” Juan tells me.
Even though New York City didn’t treat Juan Marquez well, he is now a resident of Phoenix, Arizona. We are lucky to have him.