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Miami, FL - Toxic 9/11 Shirt Slated For Museum Stolen From Jewish Owner's SUV

Published on: December 22, 2015 03:14 PM
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Miami, FL - An iconic now-toxic shirt that was worn by a Miami-Dade man during his volunteer stint at Ground Zero on 9/11, and eventually slated for a museum, was stolen last week out of the man’s SUV parked outside his home.

NBCMIAMI.com (http://bit.ly/1QI0VRL) reports that shirt was kept as a momento by Yehuda Kaploun, a former Manhattan resident and Hatzolah member who spent hours volunteering at Ground Zero immediately following the 9/11 attacks.

Kaploun, who never washed the shirt and kept it hermetically sealed since the tragic event, said the shirt is potentially dangerous to the thief.

“The shirt is covered in toxins, the asbestos, the lead, the zinc, whatever was in the air at that time when the buildings came down, the construction material,” Kaploun said. “If that person who had that shirt, or touched that shirt, he’d be very smart in seeking immediate medical attention.”


Kaploun had placed the shirt in a box in his SUV outside his northeast Maimi-Dade home last Wednesday with the intentions of shipping it to a reporter doing a story on it, but by Thursday morning the shirt was gone.

Kaploun said his plan was to eventually donate the shirt to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.

The shirt previously made news in 2006 in a story  in the NY Post about medical benefits for first-responders.

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 Dec 22, 2015 at 04:10 PM Anonymous Says:

With all due respect to Reb Yehuda, a valuable and potentially dangerous shirt should never have been kept in a car to begin with. I


 Dec 22, 2015 at 05:05 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

With all due respect to Reb Yehuda, a valuable and potentially dangerous shirt should never have been kept in a car to begin with. I

If it wouldn't have been in his car, it wouldn't have been stolen; it it wouldn't have been stolen, there wouldn't be any story.
Why would a thief steal the shirt, and not the car?


 Dec 22, 2015 at 05:19 PM bennyt Says:

He literally lost his shirt.


 Dec 22, 2015 at 06:01 PM Fist name Not Lipa Says:

does everybody in NMB seek that 43 seconds of fame?


 Dec 22, 2015 at 06:57 PM Tess Teckell Says:

Please. If he was going to donate the shirt he would have donated it already. What was he waiting for? Sounds like one of those crazy hoarders to me.


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