On Sept. 11, 2001, former New York City Fire Chief Jim Riches lost his son, also a firefighter, when the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed to a heap of rubble.
Four years later, he nearly lost his own life to a severe lung complication that he says is a direct result of the recovery efforts in which he was involved in the months following the tragedy.
"My lungs shut down in 2005," he says. "I was in a coma for 16 days, hooked up to a machine that let me breathe. They told my...Full Story