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Resource ID: #21193
Subject: State Government
Source: WISH-TV (Indianapolis)
Date: 2003-02-10



Indiana began buying equipment after 911 that would protect police, firefighters, and medics from a weapon of mass destruction. In a statewide investigation, WISH-TV showed that the state purchased gas masks that put first responders in danger. They proved the state broke both state and federal laws by even making the decision on what masks to buy. First responders admitted they did not want to wear the masks because they would not protect them. Some of the comments include: "I want the better mask", "We're going to get first responders hurt or killed." The investigation prompted the state to reconsider the multi-million dollar purchase and return the gas masks.

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