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Profile: Thomas Von Essen

 
  

Positions that Thomas Von Essen has held:

  • NYC Fire Commissioner


 

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October 30, 2001      Environmental Impact

       New York City Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen says that almost 4,000 firefighters who have participated in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center have complained of respiratory problems, but adds that long term effects of working at Ground Zero are uncertain. “We won't know for a long period of time if there is any long-term effect. Some might lead to asthma, some might lead to lung conditions,” One firefighter has been treated for allergic alveolitis, a rare lung inflammation. Von Essen's comments follow a Newsweek interview with Dr. David Prezant, the chief pulmonary physician for the city's fire department. Prezant explained to the magazine that thousands of firefighters require medical care for a range of illnesses, including coughs, sinus infections, lung trauma and severe asthma. Prezant, a professor at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, has referred to these ailments collectively as the “World Trade Center cough.” [CNN, 10/29/01; CNN, 10/29/01; Newsday, 10/30/01; BBC, 10/30/2001; New York Post, 10/29/2001; Associated Press, 11/1/2001]
People and organizations involved: Thomas Von Essen, David J. Prezant
          

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