Pigs Once Again – Lifeline Training – LawOfficer.com

Lt. Jim Glennon | Thursday, September 4, 2014

“Pigs!” In the 1960s, it was a disparaging and all-too-familiar moniker; police officers around the country heard it directed at them on a daily basis.

“Pigs!” It continued through much of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s but as long hair shortened, bell-bottoms narrowed and body piercings and tattoos replaced love-beads and Fu Manchus, the term and perspective began to fade.

“Pigs!” by the new millennium, was only a feint echo; all but disappearing in the mainstream.

I believe there are many reasons for this. Law enforcement embraced a community oriented policing philosophy; partnering with the community and listening to citizens and their concerns. Cops began walking beats again. They got on bikes and ATVs, and started Citizen Police Academies. Police organizations and unions became involved in charitable drives: the Special Olympics, Shopping with Cops and Running with Torches.

We listened to the community and modified our training, adding subjects such as cultural diversity, mental health issues, understanding the complexities of domestic violence, sexual assault prevention and advocating for victim’s rights. In addition, use of force training evolved and became more comprehensive, resulting in officers using less force when dealing with unruly subjects.

In short, cops were doing better jobs and putting in a collective effort to reconnect with the citizens they were paid to protect.

Fast-forward: August 2014, “Pigs” is back in vogue once again. At least it is if you follow certain members of the national media who are creating hysteria in spite of the true facts!

Some reporters and pundits are using extraordinarily negative terminology and applying malevolent motivations to the over 700,000 individuals in the law enforcement profession. Anchors, moderators, expert guests, and opinion journalists are describing police officers as militarized brutes, racists, storm-troopers, executioners, power hungry, out of control thugs and even murderers. Phrases such as “epidemic of violence from the police towards citizens” are being bandied about with unchallenged impunity despite reality, truths and statistics.

A woman named Michelle Bernard on a national broadcast insinuated that what happened in Ferguson, Mo. is an example of a “war on black boys” by the police and opined that the result could be “genocide.”

Genocide!? Where the hell are any kind of stats, anywhere, to suggest anything remotely like that is happening between cops and young black men? And her comment was virtually unopposed by anyone else on the panel.

No one knows what really happened in Ferguson except a limited few. Relative information is not being released (which is contributing to some of the paranoia) and nature abhors a vacuum so there is no shortage of pundits willing to simply jump in and make stuff up.

But, Pigs?

Here are some stats gleaned from such organizations as the National Institute of Justice:

2011: Police officers had direct contact with citizens more than 40 million times. 1,146 of those people were shot (not killed) by police. That means out of all the people police encountered approximately 0.00002865% were shot. If you consider that there are over 320 million people in the country that would mean 0.00000358125% of them were shot by cops.

2012: There were approximately 12 million arrests, which equals about 34,000 per day: slightly over 400 were killed by police. And almost all of them were killed because they were an immediate deadly threat to an officer or the public. Which means that at the times of those shootings, cops were saving lives.

The Truth: Cops are not “gunning down” people in the US. Are there mistakes, overzealousness, an overreaction to stress on occasion; yes, and we have to accept that and do something about it when those occasions happen. If a crime is committed by a police officer, criminal charges need be filed; No doubt.

But a war on the citizenry? Genocide being perpetrated by the police? Storm-troopers taking over cities?

Pigs?

I’ve been in law enforcement for more than 30 years. I’ve seen more than I care to share with people who don’t need to know such evil exists. I’m no different than every other cop out there, and let me guarantee you this; we feel. We are not heartless, nonhuman, Neanderthals looking to inflict pain. In fact, it’s the damn exact opposite. We beg, beg people not to resist, not to fight! And the stats are there to prove it; but why bother with reality?

Pigs?

We are attacked tens of thousands of times a year. We are wounded, paralyzed, put in comas that last decades, and are killed. We’ve been shot with every type of gun including our own; by people who were originally “unarmed.”

Our attackers are young, old, male, female, small, large, weak and strong. Some have extensive criminal records, some have never been in trouble in their lives. We’ve been stabbed with swords, commando knives, kitchen utensils and box cutters.

We also jump into rivers, run into burning buildings, reach into cars aflame, hold victims who need it and cry with people hurting and feeling the deepest of loss.

When somebody is shooting up a mall, university, or movie theatre, we are the ones running toward the gunfire, not knowing how many assailants there may be, what type of firepower they are wielding, where they are and if there will be any opportunity for cover or chance to survive!

We lay on the street holding dying children, women, men, pets and yes, other police officers. We knock on doors in the middle of the night and tell sleepy unsuspecting parents that the child they saw just a few hours ago is in the morgue. We hear and feel their subsequent pain and do our best to comfort them in those impossible situations. And we often ask God: Why?

We find lifeless children in ponds, pools and lagoons. We listen to seven-year-olds describe being raped by uncles. We try and calm women who are beaten so badly that they can’t enunciate words or open a swollen eye. And we try and control our rage as we listen to them tell us not to make an arrest because it was all their fault, all while the degenerate husband laughs and calls her a bitch in our presence.

We stand next to officers who get shot. We hold their hands and hug them as they die. We watch the flags get folded and handed to children who don’t understand why someone would purposely kill their mommy.

We go home and try our best to have normal lives. We hug our kids, help with chores, coach little league and do whatever it takes to hide the ugly side of humanity from our families.

We see the murders, the suicides, the mentally unstable. We help the homeless, give the unfortunate rides, hand a few bucks to the hungry, buy shoes for the shoeless, and get families into hotel rooms in order to protect them from the cold and the monsters looking for prey.

Pigs?

Here’s my challenge for you who dare to yell “Pig” and cast baseless assertions on an entire profession while having no idea what we do or what you are talking about.

You try it. Do what we do. See what we see. Hear what we hear. Feel what we feel. You try and handle the fear that we experience. Make the decisions that we have to make in the blink of an eye. Decisions that will be second-guessed and sometimes haunt us for years.

Live in our shoes for a year, then see if you think we are all still pigs.

Pigs Once Again – Lifeline Training – LawOfficer.com.

You’re Just a Cop. For what it’s worth. – The Police Wife Life

What will it take to see the truth about law enforcement?

Our Law Enforcement Officers are being murdered as well as laying down their lives on duty every 58 hours. They are being shot while sitting at traffic lights. Executed in coffee shops and on their lunch breaks. Lured into ambushes and blown away while removing debris from the roadway, or while responding to an alarm call which was a set up. They are being killed in their own driveways, while off duty. They are being shot inside their own preceincts.

If celebrities or professional athletes were being targeted, shot and murdered to the tune of one dead every 58 hours there would be an instant demand for answers and protection. There would be a national cry to stop the violence before it impacted reality tv or sports center.

Regardless of proven statistics which tell us otherwise, our officers continue to get blamed as a whole for the actions of less than one percent*. Regardless of common sense in a world where we have all encountered a bad mechanic, doctor, plumber, we blame ALL cops for the few.  Regardless of countless corrupt priests, teachers, crooked judges and lawyers, we do not condemn their entire profession, it’s asinine to even consider. But with law enforcement, it is instant condemnation of all.

What exactly does an officer have to do for you to say his/her life has worth? What will it take for you to see the family waiting at home, praying theirs isn’t the next officer down? What will it take for the citizens of this country to say without them, who will make these sacrifices?  Will you? Are you ready to be the target? Are you ready to line up your family and friends and know one of you will not come home every other day?

Our law enforcement officers are humans. When will it be enough to say something’s got to give?  Even for those who hate the police….you’ll be the first to dial 911 when you need them and you will expect them to run lights blazing to your rescue, after all, you pay their salary.

What happens when they say, sorry, it’s too dangerous, you’re on your own. You hate us anyway, so do as you see fit. YOU stand in front of the bullet and protect your own family. You pry your mangled wife out of the wreckage you caused while drunk and give her CPR in front of your children. You stand in the pouring rain in the dead of night on an expressway and protect your own car from being hit by a semi until the tow truck gets there. You unlock your own car you left your keys in. You change your own tire when 8 months pregnant in 102 degree heat. You stand in front of your own abusive husband and his weapon and his fist and tell him to leave your home without harming you.

You get in your own car and race to stop someone who stole from you or hit your car a few miles back. You enter your neighborhood store and approach a masked man with a shotgun and reason with him not to kill you or those in the store.  You go knock on the neighbor’s door who has a warrant, a house full of weapons and a sign on the door that says “don’t tread on me”.

You watch for drunks out of control on the highway in an ice storm. You pray they don’t kill you. You respond to suicide calls and cut teenagers from makeshift nooses in their garages or scrape their brain matter out of the soles of your boots. You tell their parents what happened while they were out socializing, again.

You walk into a house with no power in 105 degree heat containing the bodies of an entire family, including babies, now maggot infested and unidentifiable by anything other than the stench of rotten death.  You walk up to cars who have nearly run you off the road only to be met with a gun in your face and no time to react.  

You try and coax a brutally beaten and savagely raped teenager the same age as your own daughter out of the closet where she was left to die as she holds a knife to her own throat. You convince her tomorrow will be better.

You hate the police? You have no use for them? You think they’re worthless?  Do it yourself. Worry about it all on your own. You surely can do better. You surely are wiser than those lazy, corrupt, doughnut eating fools you don’t give the time of day to when you hear they were gunned down while you went on about your business.  Please, give them a rest and do it yourself.

You might want to hug your family and have your affairs in order before you head out, there’s a very real chance you’ll never make it home, of course that’s no big deal….you signed up for that, and my tax dollars allow me to ignore your worth. After all, you’re just a cop. 

Oh, and you sure as hell better do it all perfectly, every single time. After all, you’re not human anymore. You’re just a cop. No one cares if you get it right…but you sure as hell better never get it wrong…because a good cop who did get it right will get his head blown off in an entirely different state if you screw up. That goes for you too, by the way. Better pray all 740,000 do right by that badge today, if not… It’s all on you, because all cops are bad cops, right?

Melissa Littles, Founder
TPWL© 2014

The Police Wife Life, LLC 

You’re Just a Cop. For what it’s worth. – The Police Wife Life.

New study links firefighters, increased risk for cancer – WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 – Charleston News, Sports, Weather

By Victoria Hansen
vkhansen@sbgtv.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — They do what most would never dare — rush into burning buildings saving lives and homes. But many firefighters are now dying from something that stays with them long after the flames are out.

“The tumor was larger than a baseball,” said Goose Creek Fire Chief Steve Chapman.

Chief Chapman was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. Sharp stomach pains sent him to the doctor. A biopsy revealed the bitter truth. He had colon cancer, one of the leading killers of men.

“I was really shocked because there has really been no significant history in my family of any kind of cancer,” he said.

Fortunately the cancer was caught early. But the now 51-year-old man who has been fighting fires since he was a teen still wonders why he ended up with cancer.

“It come from out of nowhere and it really makes you wonder if it’s not because of my profession,” Chapman said.

Several recent medical studies, including one from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, show firefighters are at an increased risk for cancer, especially respiratory, urinary and digestive.

Some show testicular cancer rates are double the rate seen in the rest of the population.

Researcher now believe not only exposure at the scene, but all of the soot and caked on carcinogens on their gear worn over and over again are quietly killing firefighters.

The Goose Creek Fire Department knows all too well.

“Losing Steve has changed our department in a lot of ways,” said Chief Chapman.

Firefighter Steve Skipton was just 41 years old when cancer ravaged his kidneys, lungs and pelvis. It robbed four children of their father, and a wife of her love.

It was a loss felt through other departments as well.

“I used to think I was invincible,” said North Charleston Fire Captain Samuel Gadson. “Hey you do this kind of job being a fireman, you run into burning buildings. Look now you got something that can actually kill you.”

Captain Gadson was diagnosed with thyroid cancer earlier this year. A new, more expensive physical that included ultrasound caught it early.

“If [North Charleston Fire Chief Greg Bulanow] hadn’t come in and done this, then my detection would have gone unnoticed unless I personally asked for an ultrasound to be done,” said Captain Gadson.

It opened the department’s eyes.

“We didn’t know what to expect the first time we did such an in depth physical like that,” said Chief Bulanow.

What they found was 25 of 230 firefighters tested — nearly one-fifth — had nodules on their thyroids. Not all were cancer, but the chief’s was.

“Certainly I want to be here to take care of my family and also do my job, but I consider myself very fortunate to have found it early,” said Chief Bulanow.

Both the Chief and Captain Gadson have been fighting fires for more than 20 years. They believe those fires are even more deadly now. They’re fueled not just by wood, but by plastics.

“Now it’s primarily synthetic materials that burn hotter and produce very toxic smoke,” said Chief Bulanow.

“It used to be a badge of honor to always have that dirty gear, that tarred up helmet and that dirty mask,” said Captain Gadson. “That’s the way it was. Now I know better.”

It’s a strange sight in the department, but a huge, $7,000 washing machine now sits in the fire house off Dorchester Road. Firefighters are not only encouraged to shower, but their gear is cleaned. The chief is even working on getting two sets of gear for every firefighter.

“This is a significant investment in the health and welfare of our people,” said Chief Bulanow.

It’s an investment the chief and others hope will pay off for generations to come.

“If we can take that and decrease the numbers every year by us following the right safety measures that we have to follow then I’ll take that every day, all day,” said Captain Gadson.

For a closer look at the NIOSH study, click here.

If you or someone you know is a firefighter struggling with medical bills due to a cancer diagnosis, we’d like to hear from you. Just contact Victoria Hansen at vkhansen@sbgtv.com

New study links firefighters, increased risk for cancer – WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 – Charleston News, Sports, Weather.

End of Watch—A Deadly End to October – Leadership – LawOfficer.com

Dale Stockton | Saturday, November 1, 2014 

Twelve of America’s Finest lost their lives during October. The month was looking like it could be the least deadly of the year because on Oct. 23, the level of loss stood at two; one from gunfire and one from a vehicle crash. Instead, the month turned out to be one of the deadliest of the year. Everything changed on Oct. 24 when two California deputies in two different counties were gunned down by a single suspect. Their deaths were quickly followed by the loss of seven more officers. By the end of the month, we had lost five officers in vehicle-related incidents, four to gunfire and three to duty-related heart attacks. All of the heart attack victims were in their forties.

The week of Oct. 24 through Oct. 31 turned out to be the deadliest week thus far of 2014 with nine officers dying in a variety of ways. No line-of-duty death will ever be acceptable but to lose so many in such a short period of time is especially devastating. What happened and what can we learn from these losses? Here’s the story behind each loss, listed in order of occurrence:

The first LODD of the month occurred on Oct. 9 when Midland County (Tex.) Sheriff’s Sergeant Michael Joe Naylor, 46, was shot and killed as he and other deputies served a warrant on a sexual predator at a home. The suspect refused to come to the door and deputies broke out a window to establish contact. Sergeant Naylor was communicating with the suspect when he suddenly produced a firearm and shot the sergeant in the head. Other deputies pulled Naylor to safety and he was transported in a waiting ambulance but later succumbed to the wound.

The second LODD occurred on Oct. 20, when Alton (Mo.) Police Officer Eddie Johnson, Jr., 45, died in a single vehicle crash that occurred as he was responding to a report of a structure fire. His vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times. Officer Johnson was ejected from the vehicle. Johnson also served as a reserve deputy with the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office and as the volunteer fire chief for the City of Alton.

On Oct. 24, at approximately 1030, Sacramento County (Calif.) Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, approached a suspicious car in a parking lot. An occupant of the car aimed a rifle at Deputy Oliver and shot him in the forehead. Multiple carjackings followed and a civilian was seriously wounded. A few hours later and 30 miles away, the suspect briefly pulled to the side of the road and Placer County Homicide Detective Michael Davis, Jr., 42, and Deputy Jeff Davis began an approach. The suspect shot both of them, killing Michael Davis and wounding Jeff Davis. The suspect who killed both Oliver and Davis was subsequently arrested after an extensive manhunt. Investigation revealed he had twice been formally deported and was in the country illegally. The death of Michael Davis occurred 26 years to the day after his father, for whom he was named, died in a helicopter crash during a narcotics operation while working for the Riverside County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Department.

On Oct. 25, Butler County (Ala.) Deputy John Timothy Williamson, 48, died of a heart attack he sustained after a struggle with a resisting suspect. He thought he had strained a muscle during the fight and did not seek immediate medical treatment. After responding to several calls for service, the pain became more severe and he drove himself to a hospital. He suffered another heart attack while being transported to a second hospital and died.

On Oct. 26, Rio Rancho (N.M.) Police Officer Anthony Haase, 24, died as the result of a single vehicle crash while responding to a reported domestic violence incident at approximately 3 am. His vehicle went off the roadway and into a ditch. He had been sworn in only five months prior to the crash.

Oct. 26 also claimed the life of Summerville (S.C.) Police Officer Robert Blajszczak, 40, who died as the result of a heart attack suffered six days prior while conducting a traffic stop. A passing officer saw that he was in distress and radioed for assistance. He was transported to a hospital where he subsequently died.

On Oct. 27, a heart attack took the life of Dothan (Ala.) Police Sergeant Jeffrey Garrett, 47, after a two mile training run with other officers. The run had been completed and the officers were talking when Garrett suddenly collapsed. The other officers administered CPR and he was transported to a hospital but subsequently died.

During the early morning hours of Oct. 28, Ventura County (Calif.) Deputy Sheriff Eugene Kostiuchenko, 41, died after being struck by a vehicle while on an enforcement stop. Two other deputies were almost hit by the same car which was being operated by a driver under the influence of alcohol. The driver fled the scene but was subsequently arrested when he crashed his car.

On October 29th, Pomona (Calif.) Police Officer Shaun Diamond, 45, died as the result of injuries suffered on the previous day during the service of an arrest warrant by a regional SWAT team. Officer Diamond was the lead officer and as the team breached the storm door, a subject inside opened the main door and fired a shotgun, striking Diamond in the back of the head. Officers pulled him to safety and he was transported but later died.

Also on Oct. 29, Harris County (Tex.) Deputy Sheriff Jesse Valdez, III, 32, was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on in an intersection while on his way to a welfare check. The other vehicle was an SUV operated by a driver on parole who was under the influence of narcotics. The vehicle operated by Valdez was pushed into a ditch and he was trapped inside, requiring extrication by rescue crews. He was transported but subsequently passed away.

On Oct. 31, shortly after midnight, Chandler (Ariz.) Police Officer David Payne, 37, was sitting on his police motorcycle stopped at a red light when he was struck from behind by a vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver. The impact catapulted the police motorcycle across the intersection. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene but later stopped and was taken into custody. He had a suspended license and a history of driving under the influence. Officers found an 11 month old child inside the suspect’s car. The child was not injured. The intersection where Officer Payne was struck and killed was the same intersection where Chandler Police Officer Robert Nielsen died in an on-duty crash in 2002.

Words are always inadequate when trying to express the devastation caused by a line-of-duty death. The sudden loss of a loved one wreaks havoc on families and departments—lives are forever changed. On behalf of everyone at Law Officer, I want to express the deepest condolences to those who have lost an officer during this past month.

Law Officer’s Below 100 initiative is working very hard to address those LODD areas that are primarily under an officer’s control. We continue to lose officers in situations that are absolutely preventable and we can change that. For more information on Below 100, go here.

Special thanks to our great partners at the Officer Down Memorial Page for their assistance with these summaries. For more information on ODMP and to sign up for alert notification when an LODD occurs, gohere.

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Police Depression: The Silent Killer | In Public Safety

Police Depression: The Silent Killer

By Mark Bond, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

Depression in police work is a silent killer. Depression can be stealth, even for the most resilient officer, and can take a physical and mental toll on the mind and body if it goes unrecognized and untreated. Unfortunately, the silence within police culture discourages the acknowledgment of depression and mental illness. This silence cannot continue.

Every year, just as many officers die by their own hand as do officers killed in the line of duty. Yet, the silence continues.

[RelatedAddressing Mental Wellness and Police Suicides: A Lifelong Commitment]

Police officer distressedAt the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. we honor the men and women who have been killed in the line of duty protecting their communities. We do not honor these officers for the manner in which they lost their lives serving, but rather how they lived their lives protecting their communities.

Yet, no officer who has taken his or her own life because of duty-related mental illness has his or her name engraved on the Wall of Heroes. These officers died because of mental health issues brought on by their honorable service to their communities as peace officers. They are the forgotten! Their names are only whispered within their departments because of how they died. Being ignored often contributes to why they got sick in the first place and yet, the silence continues.

[RelatedAnalyzing Law Enforcement Deaths: What’s Missing from These Statistics?]

It’s Time to Acknowledge All Fallen Officers
The United States military lives by a code that they leave no man behind, no matter the cost. Everyone comes home. It is time to bring all fallen police officers home, regardless of the manner in which they died.

Engrave their names on the wall among the other fallen police heroes and honor them by speaking their names and acknowledging that depression brought on by police-related work caused this illness that lead to their death.

It is not about how any of the heroes died in their service to community, it is about how they lived.

Common Signs of Police Officer Depression
Depression is a silent killer in law enforcement because it often slowly builds up, unnoticed, due to constant work-related fatigue and other stressors. In some cases, it is dismissed as just feeling down or under the weather.

Here is a list of common signs of depression:

  • Withdrawing from other officers
  • Feeling sad and hopeless for more than a few days
  • Lack of energy, enthusiasm, and motivation
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Reckless drinking of alcohol
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Being restless, agitated, and irritable
  • Weight gain or loss out of the norm
  • Sleeping more than usual (sometimes all day)
  • Trouble with memory (out of character)
  • Feeling bad about yourself or feeling guilty (signs that last for more than a few days)
  • Anger and rage over something trivial (out of character)
  • Feeling that you can’t overcome difficulties in your life
  • Trouble functioning in your personal life (department discipline issues, divorce, recent loss of immediately family member)
  • Openly talks about suicide
  • Taking unnecessary risks

If you notice an officer displaying any of these signs for more than a few days, intervene and take the time to check in with them. If you say nothing and ignore the red flags, the outcome could be tragic.

[RelatedSilent Suffering: Warning Signs and Steps to Prevent Police Suicide]

The number one killer of police officers is suicide caused by depression. Yet, the silence from within the police profession acknowledging officer depression is deafening.

The time for dialog and courage to recognize all our law enforcement heroes for their service, regardless of the manner of their death, is upon us. Honor these fallen officers by petitioning to have all fallen officers’ names engraved on the memorial in D.C. Leave no brother or sister behind, no matter the cost. Everyone comes home!

About the Author: Mark Bond worked in law enforcement and has been a firearms trainer for more than 29 years. His law enforcement experience includes the military, local, state, and federal levels as a police officer and criminal investigator. Mark obtained a BS and MS in Criminal Justice, and M.Ed in Educational Leadership with Summa Cum Laude Honors. As a lifelong learner, he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education with a concentration in distance education. Mark is currently an assistant professor of criminal justice at American Military University & American Public Universityand is one of the faculty directors in the School of Public Service & Health. You can contact him at MBond(at)apus.edu.

3 from FDNY who worked at ground zero die in 1 day

NEW YORK (AP) — Three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero have died on the same day from cancer, an illness that many fear might be connected to toxic World Trade Center dust released on Sept. 11, fire officials said Thursday.

Lt. Howard Bischoff, 58, and firefighters Robert Leaver, 56, and Daniel Heglund, 58, died within hours of one another Monday.

Their deaths are “a painful reminder that 13 years later we continue to pay a terrible price for the department’s heroic efforts,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement.

Thousands of people who aided in the rescue and recovery effort were diagnosed with respiratory ailments and other health problems in the years after the attacks. Cancer, though, remains the biggest fear for people exposed to the gritty soot at the site.

Hundreds of first responders have gotten cancer in the 13 years since the attacks, but doctors and researchers are still uncertain whether there is any link between those illnesses and 9/11. Cancer is the leading cause of death for Americans in their mid-40s to mid-60s, making it hard to tell which deaths, if any, might be related. Most medical studies have not found evidence of a substantial surge in cancer rates, though researchers have spotted some worrisome trends.

Congress has set aside $2.78 billion to compensate people with illnesses that might be related to the attacks. Administrators of the fund have included the most common types of cancer as qualifying illnesses.

“On that day when first responders arrived, the air was toxic and remained toxic for many months afterward,” said Jake Lemonda, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

The Fire Department of New York lost 343 firefighters on 9/11. The department maintains a memorial to 89 other firefighters it believes died of illnesses. That tally doesn’t yet include Bischoff, Leaver or Heglund.

Their deaths come as advocates urge Congress to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides medical treatment and compensation to those who got sick from exposure to toxic air after Sept. 11.

Fire officials knew the three were sick, said Lemonda, whose union represents fire lieutenants, captains, battalion chiefs, deputy chiefs, medical officers and supervising fire marshals in the FDNY. One had leukemia, one had esophageal cancer and the third had colon cancer.

Funerals for Leaver and Heglund were scheduled for Friday. The service for Leaver will be held at Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack at 10 a.m. Heglund’s funeral will be at the Centerport Volunteer Firehouse at 10:30 a.m.

A funeral for Bischoff will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Aloysius Church in Jackson, New Jersey.

3 from FDNY who worked at ground zero die in 1 day.