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New York Times

Police Officers Sign On To Union's 9/11 Health Registry

July 24, 2006—Operators started accepting calls Monday from police officers who want to report illnesses they've contracted since working at the World Trade Center site.

Twenty-five officers have already signed on to the World Trade Center health registry started by the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. The union's registry includes seven officers with cancer, four with lung disease and seven others said to be suffering from a potentially fatal inflammatory disease.

The registry is part of the union's effort to keep track of the illnesses of its officers who worked at the site after the 9/11 terror attacks.

More than 120 officers are now part of a lawsuit against the city, charging they weren't properly protected against toxic dust at the site in the days, weeks and months after the attacks.

Meanwhile, figures from the city comptroller show that September 11th-related health claims have more than tripled in the past year with 1,122 claims filed against the city last fiscal year, which ended in June.

To report illnesses related to working at the World Trade Center site after September 11th, call the union's hotline at (212) 298-9162.