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
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
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
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.
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press
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