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    NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of firefighters rallied blocks away
    from ground zero on Wednesday to demand that Gov. George Pataki
    give special recognition to uniformed officers in a memorial to
    those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World
    Trade Center.
    "Our guys and girls who went into the trade center and were
    killed ... they're war heroes," said firefighter Patrick
    McCarvill, co-chairman of Advocates for a 9/11 Fallen Heroes
    Memorial. "We don't list the war heroes on the same wall with the
    civilian casualties."
    The firefighters want special designation that would honor the
    hundreds of Fire Department of New York members, New York and Port
    Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers and emergency
    service workers killed Sept. 11.
    But the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which was created to
    oversee the rebuilding of the area and is holding a memorial design
    competition for the new trade center, plans one memorial with no
    hierarchy of victims. Families of killed civilians also have turned
    away from the idea, insisting that everyone who died at the trade
    center should be recognized equally.
    Firefighters say the special designation would not devalue
    anyone killed at the site but would distinguish the rescuers from
    civilians.
    After the rally, the demonstrators packed the auditorium at the
    Tribeca Performing Arts Center for a public comment hearing on the
    World Trade Center site memorial competition.
    Dozens of FDNY members and their family members urged the design
    competition selection jury to incorporate their ideas into the
    memorial. After each spoke, the crowd erupted in cheers.
    Development corporation interim president Kevin Rampe told the
    crowd that the memorial will recognize each of the 2,792 people
    killed in the 2001 attack and the six killed in the twin towers'
    1993 bombing.
    "But there is no specific form of recognition required, such as
    a listing of names, because a memorial has not been conceived," he
    said. "Rest assured, no one will be forgotten."
    A spokeswoman for Pataki referred all questions about the
    memorial competition to the LMDC. A 13-member jury will choose
    approximately five finalists and select a winning design in the
    fall.
    Before the forum, about 300 firefighters and their relatives
    stood in the rain waving American flags and holding signs saying
    "Never Forget" and "Keep Our Heroes Together." Passers-by
    honked their car horns and cheered them on.
    "They ask me the difference between my brother and other people
    who died that day (Sept. 11)," said John Mascali, whose
    firefighter brother, Joseph Mascali, died in the attack. "Other
    people lost their lives. My brother gave his life."
    ---
    On the Net:
    Lower Manhattan Development Corp.: http://www.renewnyc.org

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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