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  • #31
    Bravest' families lose bid to sue over faulty 9/11 radios

    WASHINGTON — Families of New York firefighters killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, failed Tuesday to persuade the Supreme Court to allow them to go forward with a lawsuit against New York City and Motorola for supplying the rescuers with faulty radios. The high court let stand a decision by a lower appellate court that dismissed the lawsuit, which had blamed the city and Motorola for supplying firefighters with handheld communications devices that prevented them from hearing evacuation orders while they were in the north tower trying to rescue people.
    A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said the families had waived their right to sue when they accepted money from the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund. The fund was created when Congress passed the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act, which was designed to keep airlines from being ruined financially and sending the nation’s economy into further chaos. The firefighters’ families argued that the lower courts had misinterpreted the law and Congress’ intent. The families accused New York and Motorola of entering into a fraudulent, no-bid contract that supplied firefighters with ineffective radios that city and company officials knew for years did not work in high-rise buildings. The Sept. 11 Commission, created by Congress to investigate the government’s performance leading up to the attacks, devoted a portion of its report to the communications problems. The equipment carried by firefighters on Sept. 11 was the same model that had been used by rescuers during the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. It didn’t work then, the commission said, and it didn’t work on Sept. 11. In court filings, Motorola didn’t address the complaints about the radios but argued that Congress had given the families a choice of filing a lawsuit or accepting money from the fund. By opting for compensation from the fund, the company said, the families “waived their right” to sue.
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    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
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    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

    Charleston 9
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    • #32
      Lifelessly cold, gritty and rough.

      The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
      Published on: 01/19/06
      Lifelessly cold, gritty and rough.This chunk of metal weighing as much as a man is not a pretty thing, but already it has become the most precious possession of the Forsyth County Fire Department. "It's just a piece of steel, but touch it and, oh, my gosh," said Chief Danny Bowman. Unlike this 15-by-25-inch piece of scrap, some of the wreckage of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center was released early on by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Cities, churches and other organizations have incorporated pieces of metal in memorials from Sacramento to Boston. This piece of history, brought from New York to Cumming just before Christmas, came with even greater significance to firefighters.
      The Port Authority allowed the Fire Department of New York to claim a small amount of scrap steel as its own, according to Lt. Brian Gary of Forsyth County. The steel in Cumming is from FDNY's cache, and it's only the second piece that FDNY has given to an outside organization, said Gary, a fourth-generation New York City firefighter who has been with the Forsyth County department eight years. When Bowman suggested his idea for a 911 memorial in the foyer of the county's public safety building under construction on Settingdown Road, Gary put out the word to his New York colleagues.
      It looked positive.
      Bowman then wrote to FDNY Chief Salvatore Cassano on Dec. 9, requesting the "sacred artifact." "Should you approve," Bowman wrote, "the plan is to place the artifact on display where every person who enters our facility cannot escape its presence. To be able to experience this awesome piece of our heritage, would keep the supreme sacrifice of our brothers fresh in the memory of all who are honored to be in its presence."The request was granted, and 10 days later Gary was on his way to pick it up. Forsyth County's piece is a slice of an I-beam from which FDNY had already cut business card-size medallions to give to the survivors of the 343 FDNY firefighters who died in the attack and its aftermath."The biggest thing to them [FDNY] is that people from all walks of life get to touch it," Gary said.
      When the Forsyth County Public Safety Center opens this spring, the memorial will be the first thing visitors see when they enter. Expected to open in May, the center on Settingdown Road will house the sheriff's office, Fire Department, emergency management agency and 911 operation. Plans for the memorial design are incomplete, but Bowman said it will be in place when the building is dedicated. The steel may be set in Georgia marble with a bronze plaque explaining its origin, Capt. Jason Shivers said. When Bowman told him the county had received the "important piece of history," County Manager Jeff Quesenberry said he gave immediate approval to integrate it into the new building. "It will be an item of significance for generations to come for both residents and visitors alike," Quesenberry said. The public will be able to view and touch the steel during regular business hours, Shivers said. Video monitoring and card-key entry after hours will help secure the piece, he said.
      For FDNY and for Bowman, the physical connection is a must. Bowman said the feeling he got when he first touched the steel was like the spiritual experiences he had touching the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and visiting Lincoln's deathbed in Washington. "I honestly did not know what to expect from myself emotionally the first time I laid my hands upon the I-beam," said Bowman, who has not flown since the 9-11 attack. "I literally had my breath taken away."
      He hopes for the same experience for everyone who visits.
      Among those who have already touched the piece is Jason Early, a county firefighter and member of the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade deployed in Iraq, who saw the piece during a recent furlough. "He said, This is what our mission is all about,' " Gary said.
      ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
      NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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      LT. John Ginley Engine 40
      FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
      FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
      FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
      FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
      FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
      FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
      FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
      FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
      FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

      Charleston 9
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      • #33
        February 2, 2006 -- When terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced for conspiring in the 9/11 attacks, his victims' relatives will be watching from New York and around the Northeast, thanks to a closed-circuit TV feed at six federal courthouses. Moussaoui faces a mini-trial beginning on March 6 to decide whether he should be executed or spend the rest of his life behind bars. To accommodate relatives of the thousands of victims killed on 9/11, six courthouses in five states will show each day of the proceeding, gavel to gavel. Families of victims who live in the New York area can watch from federal courthouses in Manhattan, Central Islip, L.I. and Newark. The closed-circuit TV feeds are in addition to limited seating in the Virginia courtroom.
        ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
        NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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        CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
        LT. John Ginley Engine 40
        FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
        FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
        FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
        FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
        FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
        FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
        FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
        FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
        FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

        Charleston 9
        "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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        • #34
          Rips EPA's all-clear, OKs suit

          February 3, 2006 -- A federal judge blasted former Environmental Protection Agency head Christie Whitman yesterday for telling residents and workers in lower Manhattan that the air was safe to breathe immediately following 9/11.
          "Whitman's deliberate and misleading statements to the press, where she reassured the public that the air was safe to breathe around lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, and that there would be no health risk presented to those returning to those areas, shocks the conscience," Manhattan Federal Judge Deborah Batts wrote.Batts' scathing remarks came in a pretrial opinion in a classaction lawsuit filed by students, workers and residents of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn who say Whitman and other officials knowingly presented a false rosy picture of air-quality issues after the towers fell. "The good news continues to be that air samples we have taken have all been at levels that cause us no concern," Whitman said just five days after the attacks. The Daily News refuted Whitman's claim a month later, citing the EPA's own air quality studies, gathered via the Freedom of Information Act.
          It is now accepted that the towers' collapse released a cloud of hazardous substances across lower Manhattan that included lead from 50,000 personal computers and some 2,000 tons of asbestos.Several rescue and cleanup workers have since developed cancer and other maladies doctors have linked to the air around Ground Zero. Whitman could not be reached for comment yesterday. The EPA said it was reviewing the 83-page opinion. Batts agreed to let the lawsuit proceed over the objections of EPA lawyers, clearing an important legal hurdle for the thousands who could recover damages if the lawsuit succeeds. "The court recognized that the EPA undertook the concerted effort to avoid its responsibility and this decision affords us the opportunity to give the aggrieved residents and members of the New York City community their day in court," said Justin Blitz, an attorney for the residents. Batts said Whitman's comments were irresponsible. "Without doubt, if plaintiffs had not been told by the head of a federal agency entrusted with monitoring the environment that it was safe, plaintiffs would not have so readily returned to the area soon after the attacks," Batts said.
          ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
          NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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          LT. John Ginley Engine 40
          FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
          FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
          FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
          FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
          FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
          FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
          FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
          FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
          FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

          Charleston 9
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          • #35
            April 14, 2006 -- Nearly 300 more human bone fragments were recovered in the past four days from the roof of a skyscraper badly damaged by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, officials said yesterday.
            The bone fragments, most less than one-sixteenth an inch long, were found in gravel that had been raked to the sides of the roof of the 41-story Deutsche Bank building, said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the city Medical Examiner's Office. Part of the trade center's 110-story south tower tore through 15 stories of the Deutsche Bank building when it collapsed. The 41-story bank building, covered in black netting, has remained vacant since 9/11, contaminated with asbestos and chemicals. The remains were discovered by workers removing toxic debris before dismantling the building floor by floor.
            Two Fire Department battalion chiefs and retired firefighters joined in the search for remains this week after 9/11 family members complained that recovery experts should help the construction workers dismantling the building.

            The Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which bought the building for $90 million and is paying to tear it down, has added an archaeologist and an investigator from the ME's Office to oversee the work. The new procedures "have [yielded] and will continue to yield findings of potential human remains, which will be treated with the utmost care, respect and dignity," LMDC spokesman John Gallagher said. Ten bone fragments were found on the rooftop when the cleanup began last fall, and more than 80 others have been recovered in recent weeks.
            ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
            NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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            LT. John Ginley Engine 40
            FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
            FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
            FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
            FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
            FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
            FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
            FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
            FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
            FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

            Charleston 9
            "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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            • #36
              April 15, 2006 -- Some 9/11/01 relatives say they may go to court to stop demolition of the Deutsche Bank building at Ground Zero. They say they're upset that workers are still finding victims' remains in the structure. They want the building thoroughly searched before it's taken down. Yesterday, officials announced that nearly 300 more human bone fragments were recovered in the past four days from the roof of the skyscraper badly damaged by the Sept. 11, 2001, collapse of the World Trade Center. Workers have been going through the former Deutsche Bank building to remove toxic chemicals and trade center dust before they begin dismantling it floor by floor. They found 10 bone fragments on the rooftop when the cleanup began last fall and had found more than 80 in recent weeks. Two fire department battalion chiefs and retired firefighters joined in the search for remains this week after some September 11, 2001 family members complained that recovery experts should help the construction workers. The bone fragments, most less than 1/16 of an inch long, were found in gravel that had been raked to the sides of the roof of the 41-story skyscraper, said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the city medical examiner's office. The work on the roof is expected to take another week to complete. Part of the trade center's 110-story south tower tore through 15 stories of the Deutsche Bank building when it collapsed. The bank building, covered in black netting, has remained vacant, contaminated with asbestos, trade center dust and other chemicals.

              Diane Horning, who lost her son in the September 11 attack, said she believed the efforts were producing results. "As far as I understand it, I am satisfied, but I've noticed that there are families who are not,'' she said. "As far as I understand it, the firefighters that they've called in are the hands and knees people.'' The recovered remains are taken to a DNA lab for testing. Those that are identified are turned over to family members. Those that can't be identified will be stored at the World Trade Center memorial, where they will be available for possible future testing with better technology, the medical examiner's office spokeswoman said. The LMDC hopes to complete the search for remains and clean the building of toxins by June, when it wants to dismantle it. But federal environmental officials this week expressed concerns about the state rebuilding agency's plans and warned that they wouldn't approve the deconstruction without more information. The dismantling won't begin ``until such time as the regulatory team has agreed that LMDC has provided them with an acceptable plan for such work,'' Pat Evangelista, the World Trade Center site coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, wrote on Tuesday. The EPA questioned a plan to use a concrete chute and other equipment that would pour debris down the side of the building, saying the agency never got approval for it. Said Gallagher: ``LMDC will expeditiously provide any further information, clarifications, enhancements or modifications to the plan that EPA requests.''
              ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
              NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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              CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
              LT. John Ginley Engine 40
              FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
              FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
              FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
              FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
              FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
              FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
              FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
              FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
              FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

              Charleston 9
              "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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              • #37
                I'm flabergasted that this is happening.

                Was a detailed search of the debris in this building not carried out at all during the days, weeks, months that the clean-up of the site and surrounding area was taking place?

                Or is it not a surprise to any of you there that this could happen over 4 years later?

                Either way, I hope this brings closure for some families.
                September 11th - Never Forget

                I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                Sheri
                IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
                Honorary Flatlander

                RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by RspctFrmCalgary
                  I'm flabergasted that this is happening.

                  Was a detailed search of the debris in this building not carried out at all during the days, weeks, months that the clean-up of the site and surrounding area was taking place?

                  Or is it not a surprise to any of you there that this could happen over 4 years later?

                  Either way, I hope this brings closure for some families.
                  Sheri there was a primary search of the building.(I know we were assigned early on) The building was considered to be a collapse hazard. Everyone was pulled out so that the engineers could come in. I think everyone thought it was done completely.
                  ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                  NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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                  CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                  LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                  FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                  FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                  FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                  FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                  FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                  FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                  FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                  FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                  FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                  Charleston 9
                  "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                  • #39
                    Thanks, Ray Happy Easter!
                    September 11th - Never Forget

                    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                    Sheri
                    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
                    Honorary Flatlander

                    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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                    • #40
                      April 18, 2006 -- An additional 150 tiny bone fragments have been recovered from the rooftop of a skyscraper near Ground Zero, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner said yesterday. More than 500 human bone fragments have been found at the former Deutsche Bank building since workers began cleaning it last fall and preparing to dismantle it. Retired firefighters last week joined in the search for remains - which have been found mixed in with gravel on the roof. The latest remains were recovered at the end of last week. One more week of recovery work on the roof is planned said the ME's spokeswoman, Ellen Borakove
                      ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                      NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                      343
                      CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                      LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                      FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                      FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                      FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                      FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                      FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                      FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                      FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                      FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                      FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                      Charleston 9
                      "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                      • #41
                        May 21, 2006 -- Leave it to the Bravest to get the job done. With the official memorial to 9/11 now mired in fecklessness, confusion and finger-pointing, New York City firefighters Friday night set about commemorating the events of that epochal day in characteristic style. That is to say, boldly and without regard for those who insist that all who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center be remembered, fundamentally, as victims. That is the essential message in the 57-foot long, 6-foot-high solid bronze bas relief memorial now being bolted to the side of 10 House - the firehouse directly across Liberty Street from the WTC which lost five men to the terror attack. The memorial is the product of the quiet collaboration of FDNY Manhattan Borough Commander Harry Meyers and the law firm of Holland & Knight, which suffered a grievous loss of its own on 9/11: Glenn Winuk, a 40-year-old full partner and a volunteer firefighter from Nassau County, who dashed into the burning Twin Towers to save lives - and who himself died. The singularity of Winuk's sacrifice, and that of the 343 New York City firefighters who died in the WTC rubble, needed to be noted - especially when it became clear that the official memorial would make no distinction between victims of the attack, and those who gave their lives in an effort to rescue them. So Holland & Knight quietly raised $530,000 for the memorial that's now being installed behind plywood at Liberty and Greenwich streets. It's powerful, as New York will see when the wraps come off next month. And it demonstrates what can be done - when there's a will to do it.
                        ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                        NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                        343
                        CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                        LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                        FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                        FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                        FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                        FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                        FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                        FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                        FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                        FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                        FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                        Charleston 9
                        "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by E40FDNYL35
                          May 21, 2006 -- Leave it to the Bravest to get the job done. With the official memorial to 9/11 now mired in fecklessness, confusion and finger-pointing, New York City firefighters Friday night set about commemorating the events of that epochal day in characteristic style. That is to say, boldly and without regard for those who insist that all who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center be remembered, fundamentally, as victims. That is the essential message in the 57-foot long, 6-foot-high solid bronze bas relief memorial now being bolted to the side of 10 House - the firehouse directly across Liberty Street from the WTC which lost five men to the terror attack. The memorial is the product of the quiet collaboration of FDNY Manhattan Borough Commander Harry Meyers and the law firm of Holland & Knight, which suffered a grievous loss of its own on 9/11: Glenn Winuk, a 40-year-old full partner and a volunteer firefighter from Nassau County, who dashed into the burning Twin Towers to save lives - and who himself died. The singularity of Winuk's sacrifice, and that of the 343 New York City firefighters who died in the WTC rubble, needed to be noted - especially when it became clear that the official memorial would make no distinction between victims of the attack, and those who gave their lives in an effort to rescue them. So Holland & Knight quietly raised $530,000 for the memorial that's now being installed behind plywood at Liberty and Greenwich streets. It's powerful, as New York will see when the wraps come off next month. And it demonstrates what can be done - when there's a will to do it.
                          Wow!

                          There's so much grace and dignity in this article. Key words: quietly raised

                          How sad that it is necessary to memorialize the firefighters in a separate and basically privately arranged memorial. Will FDNY Top Brass / Bloomturd raise a stink about it being hung on FDNY property?

                          My heart bleeds even more than it normally does when I think about that day, when I think about the stupid memorial not differentiating between private citizens who were killed vs. the 343 FDNY firefighters. It must be like a slap in the face, over and over again. Well, I won't get into that again, everyone on here knows I think the firefighters should be together with their brothers on the memorial - acknowledged and identified by their house, company and rank. They died together, they should be remembered together. Period.

                          Hats off to Commander Meyers and Holland & Knight.
                          September 11th - Never Forget

                          I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                          Sheri
                          IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
                          Honorary Flatlander

                          RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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                          • #43
                            FDNY Memorial at WTC Firehouse

                            June 10,2006 -- The Firefighter Memorial will be unveiled today. It is located on the side of the quarters of Engine 10 and Ladder 10. This bronze plaque commemorates the events of September 11, 2001 and honors the Fire Department heroes who perished that day.
                            ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                            NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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                            CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                            LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                            FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                            FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                            FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                            FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                            FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                            FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                            FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                            FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                            FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                            Charleston 9
                            "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                            • #44
                              June 10, 2006 -- With a view of the mammoth gap in the ground where the World Trade Center once stood, Rudy Giuliani helped dedicate the first major memorial to the 343 members of the New York City Fire Department who died in the terror attack. On Saturday morning, families of dead firefighters joined the former mayor and other officials to unveil the $1 million bronze sculpture affixed to the wall of a firehouse. Saturday marked the fourth anniversary of "the conclusion of recovery work" at ground zero, Fire Commissioner Magoo noted. "These men walked into the fire as other people walked out," said Giuliani, who became known as "America's Mayor" for his take-charge demeanor after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. Giuliani spoke to an audience of more than 500, flanked by fire engines under a row of U.S. flags that veiled the 6-foot tall, 56-foot wide bronze memorial, which Giuliani said symbolically was "forged in fire." The terrorists' aim was to kill as many people as possible, he said, while proving "that we were weak. ... But they were only able to partially achieve their first agenda," he said at the ceremony under the memorial wall of Engine Co. 10/Ladder Co. 10 _ the closest firehouse to ground zero. More than 25,000 people streaming out of the trade center were saved and more than 2,700 died. "It's stirring," said Jay Winuk as he stood by the unveiled memorial after the ceremony. "It reflects my brother perfectly." After realizing that Winuk, a 40-year-old partner in the Holland & Knight firm, had been killed, "we wanted to do something more lasting and fitting. We looked for a project," said his law partner, Brian Starer. The result is the grand bas-relief that shows firefighters approaching the burning buildings with shovels and trucks. One is shown with his helmet removed, sitting down to rest, burying his face in his hand. "I come to ground zero because it's the last streets he walked, it's the last thing he did," said Winuk's brother as he and other family members pressed into the memorial, some of them tracing their loved ones' etched name onto pieces of paper _ similar to what thousands have done at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington.
                              ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                              NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                              343
                              CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                              LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                              FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                              FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                              FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                              FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                              FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                              FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                              FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                              FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                              FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                              Charleston 9
                              "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                              • #45
                                Great job by all involved. RIP Fallen Brothers your memory lives on for all to see now.

                                Take a look at the Multimedia presentation on this link.

                                http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/11/ny...1memorial.html
                                Tom

                                Never Forget 9-11-2001

                                Stay safe out there!

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