Local Rochester man fighting for healthcare after serving on 9/11

A local Army National Guard member who responded on September 11, 2001, is watching the battle on the capital hill over health care for first responders closely.The 9/11 victim compensation fund is only good through 2020 and that could mean trouble for the 95,000 survivors and responders enrolled in the world trade center health program.Lapadre Hampton knows the battle all too well.I have nightmares of that and I can sit and just imagine you know and I could always smell that smell and I could look at that sight. its something that you never forget, said Hampton.Lapadre Hampton was an active Army National Guard member on September 11, 2001. He and his team were immediately mobilized to ground zero the day of the attacks.He left Rochester and spent 21 days working at the scene.We stood right there, next to the building, side by side with the policemen and that. and so that’s why a lot of the military members are coming down with illness also, said Hampton.

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