He and his family now live on eastern Long Island. He said he went to Stony Brook because "I was basically afraid for my life. I didn't know what I was exposed to with the toxins (at ground zero)." He said he was diagnosed with an inflammation of the sinus cavity and also felt some effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I feel a lot better now," he said. "There was an office for us to go to and kind of vent, share our lives with them."
Luft said as the 10th anniversary approaches, there is some expected anxiety, but he noted first responders come at the date from a different perspective.
"If we use 9/11 with authenticity, with frankness, with respect, with no aversion to the truth, I don't think that will distress them."
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