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    Unhappy FDNY Engine 6

    WARWICK, N.Y. (AP) - Billy Green solemnly unfurled a length of
    hose during a ceremony Friday and handed it to other firefighters
    to be placed aboard Engine 6, crushed when the World Trade Center
    towers collapsed.
    It was the first time since Sept. 11 that he'd seen the truck,
    which will go on display at a museum next month. Of the five
    firefighters on his crew who ran into the north tower, Green was
    the only one to survive.
    "It's hard. I look inside and remember riding over," he said,
    wearing a T-shirt with the names of those from Engine Co. 6 who
    died: Lt. Thomas O'Hagan, and firefighters Thomas Holohan, Paul
    Beyer and William Johnston.
    The truck, decontaminated of asbestos, was rescued from a Staten
    Island landfill by the New York State Museum. The ceremony was held
    to dedicate the engine, which still bore a faint "6" on the
    front.
    The cab was burned out and the front tires tattered, but the
    original hose was scrubbed clean. Four firefighters worked quietly,
    placing the hose precisely like they would if the engine were
    returning to service.
    "It's an honor for us," said Al Sicignano of Brooklyn. "It's
    something they'd be doing if they were here. This is their last
    ride. I could just picture them. They were gung-ho."
    Holohan's widow, Colleen, holding one of her three children,
    wiped tears as she recalled the last Christmas party at the
    firehouse. "All the children were on top of the truck in the hose
    beds."
    In the middle of the party, an alarm went off and the
    firefighters lifted the children down from the truck, she said.
    "You just remember all those things and how much of a family
    they were," she said.
    The truck was decontaminated by inmates trained in asbestos
    removal at the Mid-Orange Correctional Facility, about 60 miles
    north of New York. The firefighters later thanked the inmates and
    shook their hands.
    "Oh, man, I got no words to describe it," said inmate George
    Latorre of working on the truck.

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    NJ,

    I visited the website right after it went up, and spent the night reading the members accounts of what happened, including Billy Green.

    I recommend that all check it out, its worth the visit.

    Engine 6 - FDNY

    Dave

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