Tuesday November 27, 2007
There was outrage Monday night over another controversial ruling by New York City's Medical Examiner.
Some say the ruling disrespects yet another first responder who worked on the debris pile at ground zero.
The family and friends of police officer James Godbee are furious.
"This is ridiculous, an outrage," said Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said.
Lynch was speaking for many Monday in his fury at City Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch, who refuses to say a hero cop who died of lung disease after working for hundreds of hours at ground zero was a 9/11 homicide.
The reason? Godbee started work on Sept. 13.
"This medical examiner once again proves that he's looking at this from a litigation standpoint rather than a right and wrong standpoint," Lynch said.
In a letter to Godbee's widow, Michelle, Hirsch wrote:
"We must adhere to the principle that fatalities caused by work related or inhalation of dust … are classified as natural deaths."Full article here.