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WTC rescuer's wife: Settlement not enough

Firefighters make their way over the ruins of

Firefighters make their way over the ruins of the World Trade Center through clouds of smoke one month after the terrorist attacks. (Oct. 11, 2001) Credit: AP

AnneMarie Baumann, whose husband Chris was among the thousands of rescue and cleanup workers at Ground Zero who sued the city, claiming they suffered health problems afterward, said she is not satisfied with the terms of the settlement.

The settlement, which may reach up to $657 million and was reached Thursday, does not pay for future health care costs for her husband, said the Nassau resident.

Chris Baumann is a retired New York City police officer who she said was on duty at the World Trade Center on the day terrorists attacked the Twin Towers.

"Money isn't going to give them their health back. Money isn't going to make them better," she said. "Honestly, at this point, they need medical care for as long as they can because they just keep on getting sicker and sicker."

Her husband's numerous illnesses, she said, include brain injury that causes diminished memory and concentration.

In 2004, he was forced to retire because of mounting health problems in the aftermath of the attack, she said.

The settlement requires that at least 95 percent of the plaintiffs accept its terms for it to take effect.

John Feal, head of the Nesconset-based FealGood Foundation, a 9/11 victims support group, said he doesn't believe the 95 percent of plaintiffs will agree to the settlement.

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