Barasch & McGarry Gives Back
Firefighters and EMTs at greater risk of COVID-19
As the Covid-19 pandemic ravages our City, we at Barasch & McGarry remain particularly concerned about the effect of the virus upon the FDNY community in general and those who responded to the World Trade Center in particular. We know that firefighters literally eat smoke for a living, causing a heightened chance of compromised lung capacity. Our 9/11 FDNY clients struggle everyday with weakened immune systems as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. And peer reviewed medical studies have conclusively established that WTC exposure is associated with decreased lung function. Thousands of our FDNY clients, active and retired, suffer chronic respiratory disease, be it from their 9/11 exposure or fighting countless fires. They are therefore more vulnerable to the contagion than the average person. Yet, we know that when the emergency call comes in, the FDNY will answer that call, regardless of the health risks they face personally.
To our active EMS and FDNY clients who have seen a dramatic and overwhelming increase in Certified First Responder runs, we thank you for your courage and your selflessness. We know that the emergency system is overrun and we want you to know that all New Yorkers applaud your tremendous sacrifice in the face of enormous personal risk during this crisis and everyday on the job.
25,000 Masks Donated to FDNY Firefighters and EMTs
To show our appreciation, Barasch & McGarry to date has donated 25,000 masks to firehouses and EMS stations throughout the City. These donations are part of our effort to give back, to protect those who protect us. This donation would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of firefighter Ken Specht, Ret. FDNY L 133, who arranged for the purchase and delivery of the masks. We would also like to thank Oren Barzilay, President of Local 2507, who continues to advocate for the safety of the EMTs and paramedics, as well John Feal as for his incredible work for first responders.
“Ken, Oren, John and I fought together on Capitol Hill for the extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund,” said Mike Barasch. “We are proud to be working together again, this time to support those on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis.”
Special thanks to the following active and retired firefighters who dropped masks off throughout the City:
Andy Ansbro, active, Marine Unit; Richie Alles, ret. Deputy Chief and UFOA Trustee; Ken Specht, ret. E 275/L 133; Ken Ahlers, ret. E-275; Doug Carroll, active L-119; Mark Belnavis, active Ladder 113; Eric Bishoff, ret. E161, and S.I. trustee; Tom Kelly, active, L-17.
In addition to the donation of masks to the firefighters and EMTs, we are proud of our “Health Care Workers Lunch Program”. All too many nurses and doctors have been eating their meals from vending machines. In the past few weeks, have made donations to more than 30 hospitals and medical facilities in New York, the five boroughs, and on Long Island.