Republican 9/11 Hero Looks For Obama’s Help
on: December 23, 2008, 4:47 pm
Release Author: Arbor
Release Summary: REPUBLICAN 9/11 HERO LOOKS FOR OBAMA’S
Release Body: (NEW BERN, NC)—One of the first responders
who helped clear debris and search for bodies at the World Trade
Center site is hoping President-elect Barack Obama doesn’t
repeat the mistakes made by the Bush administration in handling
the care of his fellow volunteers.
Steven Centore, a nuclear physicist and Navy
veteran, was one of the many volunteers who assisted in the immediate
aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attack.
Unfortunately, as do many of the other rescue workers, Mr. Centore
now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and other medically
debilitating ailments that have kept him from working. These conditions
have required endless surgeries and physical therapy to treat.
In his book, One of Them: A First Responder’s Story,
Mr. Centore details the neglect and mistreatment he and his fellow
volunteers have suffered at the hands of the government.
“The Bush administration really fumbled this issue,”
says Mr. Centore, a lifelong Republican. “The
attacks of that day are still having an effect on this country
in the wars we fight overseas. But they’re also having an
effect here at home.”
Mr. Centore spent months at the World Trade Center and says that
exposure to the toxins in the air at the site have crippled or
killed thousands of first responders. His book includes some shocking
statistics about the health of first responders, including:
• 4,517 people with upper respiratory ailments
• 3,857 with lower respiratory illness
• 398 with lung disease
• 2,616 with asthma
• 1,340 with sleep apnea
• 2,528 with heart conditions caused or worsened by 9/11
“I was appalled at the lack of support and meager financial
resources provided to 9/11 first responders by the US government,”
says Mr. Centore, who has testified before Congress
about the thousands of people just like him who were told that
the air at the WTC site was not dangerous.
He adds, “I wanted to tell the story of how I became
ill, what the government did and did not do for me, and what happened
to me as a result. I’d like to shed some light on the
cover-ups that the government has been perpetrating in the news.”
To learn more about how you can help, or to buy the breakout book
One of Them: A First Responder’s Story,
The book is also available on Borders.com, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
For more information about One of Them: A First Responder’s
Story, contact Steve Centore directly at Scentore@yahoo.com.
WORLDWIDE ASSOCIATION OF DISABLED VETERANS, INC. and author Steven
Centore chose Arbor Books, Inc. (www.ArborBooks.com)
to design and promote One of Them: A First Responder’s Story.
Arbor Books is an internationally renowned, full-service book
design, ghostwriting and marketing firm.
(One of Them: A First Responder’s Story by Steven M. Centore;
ISBN: 0-9801274-0-8; $16.95; 208 pages; 5½”x 8½”;
softcover; Worldwide Association of Disabled Veterans, Inc.)
Details: WORLDWIDE ASSOCIATION OF DISABLED VETERANS, INC.
500 Blackledge Circle, New Bern, NC 28562
Contact: Steven Centore Phone: (252)638-4790