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    9/11 claims another NYPD officer

    Cop who worked at Ground Zero dies of brain tumor

    October 11, 2009 By ZACHARY R. DOWDY zachary.dowdy@newsday.com
    Photo credit: Ana P. Gutierrez | A photo of Robert Grossman on August 12, 2009. Grossman passed away Friday.


    Cop who worked at Ground Zero dies of brain tumor

    October 11, 2009 By ZACHARY R. DOWDY zachary.dowdy@newsday.com
    A photo of Robert Grossman

    Photo credit: Ana P. Gutierrez | A photo of Robert Grossman on August 12, 2009. Grossman passed away Friday.

    Everybody knew when New York Police Department Officer Robert Grossman of Rocky Point reported to work - and not because they couldn't miss the hulking man that he was.

    His gregarious personality loomed large over the 28th Precinct in Harlem, where he worked since graduating from the Police Academy in 1994. He was always the jokester, making battle-tested cops laugh as he walked into the building and lifting their hearts a little as they went about crime-fighting in the big city.

    No one was surprised to find the Port Jefferson Station native among the hundreds of officers, firefighters and volunteers who rushed to Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001, to save lives - even though it was his day off.

    But it was that very sacrifice that may have killed him eight years after two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. Grossman developed a brain tumor that his family and his physician said he got from reporting to the contaminated site for weeks on end and inhaling the toxic fumes.

    He died on Friday at a Port Jefferson hospice. He was 41.

    Although many first responders and their relatives said they were sickened after working at or near Ground Zero, New York City officials have stopped short of acknowledging that the air quality in lower Manhattan after 9/11 was unsafe.

    Grossman, who worked only at the Harlem precinct where he landed after trying his hand at teaching in a Brooklyn high school, split his time between the city and his home.

    "He worked in Harlem at the 28th and yet he had a place out here in Rocky Point," said Morton Epstein, his stepfather. "He loved them and he loved working there and his home. He liked the openness here in Suffolk County."

    Grossman graduated from Comsewogue High school, and enrolled at Stony Brook University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and a master's degree in education, specializing in social studies.
    He took those academic skills to Sarah J. Hale High School in Brooklyn, where he taught for three years before becoming a police recruit.

    In 1995, he got married. He and his wife, Carla, have a 6-year-old son, Noah.

    In April 2006, Grossman noticed numbness on his face as he was shaving one morning, the first sign of the onset of the cancer that he would battle for several more years, Epstein said.

    Besides his wife, son and stepfather, Grossman is survived by his mother, Harriet Epstein; his father, Stephen Grossman of Bohemia; his stepmother, Shelly Grossman of Bohemia; four sisters, Joanne Epstein of Douglaston, Judith Pepper of West Palm Beach, Fla., Suzanne Sokolov of Auburndale and Teri Barbee of Silver Spring, Md.; and three brothers, Mitchell Epstein of Kings Plaza, Brooklyn, Jeff Feuer of Port Jefferson Station and Andy Feuer of Levittown.

    Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Beth Sholom in Smithtown. Burial will follow at Washington Memorial Park in Mount Sinai.


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    Very sad.

    I have a dear friend in NYPD who still suffers respiratory problems from that day.
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    His dad made a call to Mike Dimone during the show on 9/11/09, heartfelt call, heartfelt show. It had been a long hard road for Bobby and his family and friends, my deepest condolences. Rest in Peace, your suffering is over.

    Deaths of 9/11 front-liners renew talk of aid bill

    Tuesday, October 13th 2009, 4:00 AM

    The deaths of three 9/11 first responders in the past week is enough proof for Mayor Bloomberg that people are getting sick from working at Ground Zero.

    "Probably - nobody's sure - but probably contracted during breathing the air down at the World Trade Center site," the mayor said yesterday after the Daily News reported that two cops and a firefighter recently died of cancer.

    NYPD Officer Robert Grossman died of cancer Friday at the age of 44. The next day, Firefighter Richard Mannetta, 44, died of cancer. And last Wednesday, 37-year-old Police Officer Cory Diaz also died of cancer. Firefighter John McNamara, 44, died of cancer last month.

    Doctors haven't officially linked the illnesses of dozens of first responders to the toxins at the World Trade Center site, but Bloomberg said the federal government needs to help pay for their medical care.

    The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act - named after an NYPD detective who died of post-9/11 ailments - would provide $10 billion, but has been sitting in Congress for years.

    Bloomberg said time is running out.

    "I think that it's just another reminder that we've just got to get Congress to pass the [bill] that would give us the money," he said.

    Deaths of 9/11 front-liners renew talk of aid bill

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