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Working while dying — NYPD employee with 9/11-related cancer forced to work after exhausting her sick days

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NYPD civilian traffic agent Linda Mercer is among the hundreds of city workers who labored at Ground Zero in the bleak days after 9/11 — and years later, fell ill with a terminal illness. But unlike the many civil servants who share her fate, Mercer — diagnosed with an inoperable cancer — won’t spend her final days with family at home. Instead, the 59-year-old Queens resident will be at work, wondering why civilian employees like her can’t get the same unlimited sick leave as cops, firefighters and sanitation workers. More.

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