At 9/11 memorial, new recognition for a longer-term toll

FILE- In this May 30, 2019 file photo, Tina Tilearcio pauses at a stone that is part of the new 9/11 Memorial Glade on the grounds of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, after its dedication ceremony in New York. Her husband, Robert Tilearcio, died in 2017 of illness related to his recovery work at ground zero. When nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims' names are read aloud on the memorial plaza on Sept. 11, 2019, a half-dozen stacks of stone will quietly salute an untold number of people who aren’t on the list. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

At 9/11 memorial, new recognition for a longer-term toll

NEW YORK — The Sept. 11 memorial at ground zero has been evolving as the 18th anniversary of the attacks approaches.

This year, when nearly 3,000 victims' names are read aloud there Wednesday, a half-dozen stacks of stone will quietly salute an untold number of people who aren't on that list.

The granite slabs were installed on the memorial plaza this spring . They recognize an initially unseen toll of the 2001 terror attacks: firefighters, police and others who died or fell ill after exposure to toxins unleashed in the wreckage.

Caryn Pfeifer's husband, firefighter Ray Pfeifer, died in 2017 of cancer. It developed after he spent months searching the rubble for remains.

She says the new 9/11 Memorial Glade gives families like hers a place to "think about everybody."

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