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Delay, Deny, Hope They Die: World Trade Center first responders-the battle for health care and compensation Paperback – June 18, 2011


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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: William Francis Dement (June 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615487564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615487564
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,677,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Dement Tells it like it is!
Pat T
We all have watched it on TV and read it in the papers .To read this book though gives you more insight about that day and the days that followed up until now.
Ellie Schaefer - Staten Island N.Y
At a personal level the book is about a family's struggle to make meaning of the suffering caused by unwanted change.
Michael Mauldin

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Springer on December 18, 2011
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This page turner describes an NYC police officer's journey on 9/11, and the aftermath. It is an amazing tell of the human spirit, good and bad. It was so brutally hard on these people to cope with,then they got seriously ill and many have died. What happened to our compassion? This really brings to light how we expect our emergency personnel to come to our rescue at great risk to their own lives. If another emergency takes place we are going to expect our fine young men and women to go towards the emergency, not run from it as common sense would have. How can we do that when we let the 9/11 responders down so shamefully?

This issue addresses society's responsibilities and how we dropped the ball. In all honesty, what are we going to say to responders in the next terrorist attack? "go in there or you are fired".
Most of us with any sense of self preservation would say: "ok fire me", after the way these people were treated in 9/11.

I live by the golden rule and I say if we are not willing to risk our own lives to save another, then we have no right to expect anyone to risk their lives to save ours. There is not one of us who would have wanted to be treated the way our 9/11 heroes were treated. Shame on us for tolerating this.

Do me and yourself a favor: order this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pat T on December 21, 2011
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Bill Dement Tells it like it is! Anyone who wants to know what is was like on 9/11 must read this book , it is a first hand witness like Bill Dement who can only describe in detail the living nightmare all sick first responders are going through, and the way the city of new york treats its first responders, Kudos to Bill Dement!! .........P.S. Im Pat the guy who lost a kidney and good friends with Bill , Im grateful He tells it like it is !!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By noisy light on December 18, 2011
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Lest you think Bill Dement is some slacker looking for an easy pay day, look again. This reads like a pulsing, living, daily journal from hell--full of specificity, dramatic detail and really, it is just plain too much. . . .we don't want to hear what our heros have had to go through--begging, scraping on bended knee, hand extended trying convince THE POWERS THAT BE, that in fact, facts are facts, doctors diagnoses are FACTS, the law is clear. . . .their many maladies ARE NOT INVENTED. . . .up IS UP, down is DOWN, black is BLACK and WRONG IS WRONG. Can we as a country make it right? That is the crux of Bill Dement's poetic lament. This is one cop I cannot wait to meet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mauldin on December 24, 2011
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Bill and Barbara Dement are master story tellers with an unending eye for detail and an ability to enliven these details with human emotions, more often not said out loud but painfully implied by the reality that only lived experience can call forth. With a realism reminiscent of Joe Friday on Dragnet, Bill recounts a 9/11 that few of us saw on television or could image. The human suffering witnessed by those who cleaned the aftermath of terrorism is portrayed in its visceral rawness and with an emotional truth that is at times hard to read. It tells a real story of a hero/warrior who knows only service to others through enforcing the law, who gives himself fully without question to cleaning at Ground Zero. From the description of his service in the New York City Police Department, we see Bill's purpose as constant service without regard to personal danger or harm. Putting your life at risk in the service of others is his reason for being. As his story unfolds we also experience the great brotherhood of policemen and firemen that constantly have each other's backs in the face of life threatening danger. When Bill's heroism takes him to Ground Zero, he is wounded physically, psychologically and spiritually by the toxicity of the aftermath. A new unfamiliar phase of his life begins with a WTC cough which grows more malignant, gradually claiming his health and vitality. His story turns from hero/warrior to angry wounded warrior, betrayed by his government's denial of his need for healing and care.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Millie C. Woods on January 7, 2012
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Bill's story is a riveting account of a healthy New York City Policeman at 9-11 Ground Zero, the long, gut-wrenching months at Fresh Kills Landfill, and the following ten years of rapid and irreversible loss of health: physical, mental, and psychological. Bill tells of his grueling sessions with the WTC Article II Board that, as persistently as his cough, turned its back on this Wounded Warrior, and many of his 9-11 Responder friends. Bill is my neighbor. I stood on my deck and wept for the Dement Family as I watched their two-story log home burn to the ground. How much misery can one man and his precious family endure? We cannot give back to Bill his good health; we cannot give back to Ryan and Jenna their once active and fun-loving father; we cannot give back to Barbara her loving, vibrant, iron-man husband, but we can give Bill and his family our compassion, our understanding, and our prayers. You will not want to put down this book; come meet the Dement Family.
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