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Addition To Westchester County 9/11 Memorial Honors Those Who Died From Illnesses Related To Ground Zero

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VALHALLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There is a poignant new addition to the 9/11 memorial in Westchester County.

It honors 41 people who have died from illnesses related to recovery work at Ground Zero.

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Two simple stone monuments were unveiled Friday afternoon at Kensico Dam Park in Valhalla to remember first responders and construction workers who have died from 9/11-related cancers.

Richard Grace, of Harrison, owned a construction company and spent 15 hours a day at Ground Zero for four months. That led to lung cancer and his death in 2017.

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“I’m very proud and so honored that he is being recognized because he was there for so long and tried so hard to do his best. And he did,” his widow, Barbara Grace, said.

Because so many who worked at Ground Zero are ill, there is room on the memorial for additional names.

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