Firefighters Respond To Delayed 911 Compensation BIll

Jul 18, 2019, 7:08 PM | Updated: 7:09 pm

Utah Senator Mike Lee’s actions to delay the 9/11 victims compensation fund are not sitting well with a fire captain and a family who lost their father to cancer as a result of helping at ground zero.

Both say the victims compensation fund is critical to helping those who didn’t hesitate to answer the call to help.

“He was a hero. He loved helping people,” said Brandie Paterakis when speaking about her father Robin Pilcher, 63, a Unified Fire Authority firefighter who lost his battle to cancer in April of 2016.

“It was really really hard to lose my father because we were so close,” said Paterakis.

The reason for his death had to do with a visit to ground zero.  Pilcher was one of 62 men and women from Utah’s Task Force one who answered the call to go and help after the 9/11 attack.

“When asked if he would do it again he said he would, that’s just the type of man he is,” she said.

And that’s why Paterakis doesn’t understand  the actions of Utah’s own Senator Mike Lee who stalled the voting on the 9/11 victims compensation fund. A fund that helped pay for all of her father’s medical bills.


“Disappointment for sure. We put ourselves out there and our families and our loved ones to go out there and help and they are not taking care of us,” said Paterakis. “So if we have those families that really need it and it’s taken away from them where are we at.”

Salt Lake City fire Capt. Bob Silverthorne knows all about the compensation fund. He too went to ground zero, he too got cancer, and he too is a recipient of the funding.


“The fund is huge. Looking at the hindsight we weren’t protected like to the extent we should have been. Because of that we are having all these problems,” said Silverthorne

That’s why he also doesn’t understand Senator Lee’s position to stall the vote.

“I’m here to speak out for those folks out there who aren’t able to have a voice. That are going through chemo right now. They should just be taken care of it’s a no brainer to me,” said Silverthorne.

The Pilcher family says the day their father got home he coughed and hacked for nine months straight and his health was never the same.


Fortunately, Capt. Silverthorne is now cancer free as a result of intense chemotherapy after he was diagnosed.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Lynzee Delapaz explains to KSL’s Matt Gephardt how her car was damaged when it collided with anot...

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage

Get Gephardt: Who’s legally responsible for damage when cars collide in a car wash?

A Grantsville woman’s car was damaged inside a car wash when the vehicle ahead of her went off the tracks. So, who pays for the damage?

4 hours ago

Community members gathered Monday to celebrate the return of a 9-year-old boy after being hit by a ...

Andrew Adams

Community welcomes home 9-year-old Huntsville boy who was hit by car

A large crowd gathered Monday to welcome home a 9-year-old boy just barely released from the hospital, after a lengthy fight for his survival.

5 hours ago

High winds caused damage and chaos in Utah County on Monday, including a fire that sparked in Pleas...

Daniel Woodruff

Strong winds wreak havoc in Utah County

High winds caused damage and chaos in Utah County on Monday, including a fire that sparked in Pleasant Grove.

5 hours ago

A twin-engine Cessna passenger plane has crashed in Steamboat Springs. It is believed to have been ...

Alexander Campbell

Two dead after plane traveling to Ogden crashes in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Officials reported Monday that a twin-engine airplane has crashed into a mobile home park while en route to Ogden Airport, resulting in two deaths.

6 hours ago

A woman is in serious condition after a sky diving accident in Tooele on Sunday, June 16, 2024. (KS...

Garna Mejia

Woman in serious condition after skydiving accident on Sunday in Tooele County

A woman is in serious condition after a sky diving accident in Tooele over the weekend.

6 hours ago

A wildfire burning Neola in Duchesne County broke out on Monday, according to Utah Fire Info. (Bran...

Mark Jones

New wildfire breaks out Monday in Duchesne County

A new wildfire broke out Monday afternoon in Duchesne County, according to Utah Fire Info.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Firefighters Respond To Delayed 911 Compensation BIll