Yesterday, Congress passed a bill that will cover the medical costs of September 11 responders.

One of those at Ground Zero as part of a search-and-rescue response team was Harold Schapelhouman, currently the Fire Chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. After their experience at the World Trade Center site, Schapelhouman and 70% of his team fell ill from respiratory and other health problems.

KQED’s Cy Musiker today interviewed Schapelhouman (who also responded to the Oklahoma City bombing) about the bill’s passage, about his experience trying to get reimbursed from the government, and about the lingering effects of 9-11 on his health.

Listen to the interview here:


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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