Description Philips brand Respironics REMstar Plus C-Flex System One breathing machine. The left side of the machine includes a screen and button. The right side of the machine is the compartment for holding water and the port for the breathing tube.
Historical Notes This breathing machine was used by Joe Agron, a retired NYPD officer, to treat his breathing ailments caused by his participation during the recovery period at Ground Zero.
Curator's Comment More than 400,000 people are estimated to have been exposed to toxins in lower Manhattan on 9/11 or during recovery operations at Ground Zero. Tens of thousands nationwide now suffer from chronic illnesses, including lung diseases, mental health issues, and over 50 types of cancer, and hundreds of those exposed have died.
Husband and wife José (Joe) and Sonia Agron participated in the recovery effort. Joe, an NYPD officer, worked at Ground Zero and at emergency command and family assistance centers at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan. Sonia, a former EMS specialist, volunteered with the American Red Cross at a respite center near the World Trade Center.
Since then, the couple has faced a range of health problems. Sonia has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and gastroesophageal reflux disease, among other ailments. Joe’s illnesses include sleep apnea, pulmonary fibrosis, and bladder cancer. HIDE