NYPD officer dies of 9/11-related illness

NEW YORK -- Another NYPD officer has died of a 9/11-related illness, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted Tuesday.

Detective Lisa Rosado, who was recently retired from the NYPD's Real Time Crime Center, died nearly 18 years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center that claimed thousands of lives.

"Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Detective Lisa Rosado, recently retired from the NYPD’s Real Time Crime Center. September 11 has claimed yet another life: a dedicated law enforcement officer with a huge heart, driven to make the world a better place—and she did. #Hero"

Her death is the latest in an alarming trend, as more cancer and other illnesses related to the toxic cloud are being reported.

Since last September there have been 104 deaths, 10 just since April 1. As the death rate among first responders and people who lived and worked near ground zero continues to rise, Congress continues to debate whether to restore funds in the victims compensation fund.

25,000 people have already received benefits,depleting the fund from 7 to 2 billion dollars. With 20,000 applications still pending, and another 20,000 anticipated, Congress cut the benefits in half.

The House has now received enough support to pass the bill, but 30 more Senators are needed to sign on.

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