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Joseph Zadroga, who advocated for first responders on September 11, killed by an SUV in the hospital parking lot

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Joseph Zadroga, whose first responder son died of a respiratory illness in 2006, was pronounced dead after being hit by a car in New Jersey



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Joseph Zadroga, a prominent advocate for the families of September 11 first responders, died Saturday after an accident in the parking lot of a New Jersey hospital.

The incident occurred at Bacharach Rehabilitation in Pomona when an 82-year-old man drove his SUV into a parking lot, according to a statement from Galloway Township police.

As he drove into the space, the driver “accelerated” and struck a parked Zadroga vehicle before hitting him as well. Zadroga, 76, was “subsequently pinned underneath” the Nissan.

“Life-saving measures were performed at the scene and Zadroga was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Division, where he was later pronounced deceased,” police said in a statement.

An investigation is underway.

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Zadroga was the father of New York City Police Department Detective James Zadroga, who died in 2006 from a respiratory illness believed to be related to his time at Ground Zero, according to the Associated Press.

He was also the former police chief of the North Arlington Police Department in New Jersey, CBS affiliate WCBS reported.

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In addition, he was an advocate for September 11 first responders and their families, and the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, named after his late son, provides federal health benefits to first responders who fell ill after the attacks. .

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Zadroga was one of several advocates pushing for the legislation to continue beyond its original 2016 expiration date.

“I just want everyone out there, the victims who got sick, to get the health care they deserve, because Jimmy didn’t get it,” he said at a 2014 rally, according to the New York Post reported.

The following year, the law was reauthorized for another 75 years, until 2090, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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Following the news of Zadroga’s death, the… 9/11 memorial and museum shared a statement on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Joseph Zadroga and join the many members of the September 11 community in mourning his loss,” the organization wrote. “The former chief of police in North Arlington, NJ, was one of our nation’s earliest advocates for those affected by 9/11-related illnesses and his tireless advocacy helped create the Zadroga 9/ 11 Health and Compensation Act.”

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New York Mayor Eric Adams also expressed his condolences.

“Joe Zadroga never gave up the fight for his son James and all of our first responders on September 11th. Not once,” he wrote in a statement shared on social media. “This is a tragic loss of a true hero and I ask all New Yorkers to join me today in holding his family and loved ones in your hearts.”

“Thanks to Joseph, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 will continue to help thousands of first responders who fell ill after the 2001 attacks,” said New York City Police Commissioner. Edward Caban shared in a separate statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zadroga family during this challenging time.”

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