A Lubavitcher, Yehuda Kaploun, who has participated in the clean-up effort at Ground Zero after 9/11 had something special stolen from him, which the New York Post dubbed the “Killer Shirt” • Full Story
A 9/11 volunteer’s toxic shirt — the subject of a 2006 front-page story in The Post — was stolen from his car outside his Miami-Dade home, he said.
Yehuda Kaploun wore the shirt when he volunteered at Ground Zero for 48 hours immediately after the 9/11 attacks.
Kaploun had the garment, in a sealed plastic bag, boxed last Wednesday and put it his car to mail the next morning. But he found someone had rifled through his car, and the box was missing. He reported it stolen.
“The thief probably thought it was a Christmas present,” Kaploun told The Post. “It’s a dangerous shirt.”
Kaploun, then a police and fire liaison in the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, said he knew beloved Fire Department chaplain Mychal Judge. He kept the dust-filled shirt in a sealed plastic bag as a grim memento for five years.
In 2006, Kaploun gave the bag to The Post, which sent the garment to RJ Lee Group laboratories for testing.
Analyzed portions of the collar found chrysotile asbestos at 93,000 times higher than the average typically found in the environment in US cities. Testing also found the shirt contaminated with zinc, mercury, antimony, barium, chromium, cobalt, copper, lead and molybdenum.
“KILLER SHIRT,” was the front-page headline. “Volunteer’s Duds Coated in Poisons”
The shirt was returned to Kaploun, who kept it in a locked metal box in a warehouse until recently.
He decided to send the shirt to New York for advocates of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to use as evidence that Ground Zero responders were sickened by the dust and debris.
“Any lawmaker who doesn’t vote for the Zadroga act should have to wear this shirt,” he said. Congress approved a permanent extension of the act on Dec. 18.
Kaploun said he planned to donate the shirt to the 9/11 Museum in New York.
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