The retired NYPD detective spent six months sifting through World Trade Center debris and clouds of toxins, later resulting in asthma, sleep apnea, post neurological problems, and two strokes.
“The first [stroke] one was massive. I was paralyzed. I lost command of my speech. I had to learn how to walk and talk again,” recalls White.
But the police department denies his illnesses are linked to 9/11, leaving the 23-year veteran with mounting medical debt and a daily dose of 15 medications consisting of pills against inflammation, pills to stop the cramping and blood pressure medications.
The worst attack on US soil took nearly 3,000 human lives in a matter of hours. In the nine years that past, 900 first responders have died, victims of their own courage.