Anger voiced at NYC meeting on 9/11 victim fund

By the Associated Press | July 27, 2011 | 8:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — First responders and others who say they became ill after working at ground zero voiced anger and disappointment at a town hall meeting in New York about a $2.8 billion federal fund for them.

Federal officials had announced Tuesday that those with cancer will continue to be excluded from the federal help for those who say they were sickened while working in the World Trade Center wreckage after the Sept. 11 attacks.

A few dozen of them gathered at the meeting Wednesday night. The tone remained respectful toward fund administrator Sheila Birnbaum. But retired police detective John Marshall made a forceful argument by standing and speaking through a breathing tube he has needed since treatment for throat cancer.