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9/11 First Responders On Tuesday's Access Utah

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USA Today reports, "The firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel who risked their lives answering the call on Sept.11, 2001, may finally be getting the rescue they've been demanding. The Senate Tuesday is expected to pass a bill that would replenish a compensation fund set up shortly after the 2001 terror attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon to compensate first responders who suffered illnesses, injuries and other medical problems as a result of the attacks."

Today on Access Utah, we hear an update on the bill from Thomas Burr, Washington Bureau Chief for the Salt Lake Tribune. Later in the hour, we hear from Danielle Barrani, 9/11 Ground Zero volunteer and founder of the Sisterhood of Ground Zero, Bill Romaka, 9/11 First Responder who does outreach across the US for families affected by 9/11, and Vincent Pastore, advocate for 9/11 First Responders and actor from The Sopranos.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.