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    Default WTC debris may get new S.I. home

    December 23, 2005 -- Tons of particles from the World Trade Center collapse - possibly containing the remains of victims - could be moved from the Fresh Kills landfill to another Staten Island site nearby. The city and a group of 9/11 families agreed yesterday to see if a 40-acre site on Muldoon Ave. could be suitable. The site was among those proposed by the World Trade Center Families for Proper Burial shortly after it sued in Manhattan Federal Court in August, seeking to force the city to move the WTC material.
    James Tyrrell, an attorney for the city, told Judge Alvin Hellerstein that the city isn't prepared to accept that all of the disputed material should be moved.The city has estimated the material weighs as much as 480,000 tons and until now, has planned to mark the Fresh Kills site with a memorial. The city also claims that the Muldoon Ave. site contains household waste - an assertion disputed by Norman Siegel, the lawyer for the families.The material is what was left after the WTC debris was sifted extensively for human remains during the 9/11 victim identification effort.James Taylor, whose Taylor Recycling Facility worked in the Fresh Kills recovery, advised the families it would cost $135 million to develop the Muldoon Ave. site. The city says the price would go much higher.Besides urging the two sides to survey the site, Hellerstein called on Tyrrell to see if the WTC Memorial might make some note of those whose remains weren't recovered.
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    Default Victims' Remains To Be At Wtc Memorial

    January 5, 2006 -- Family members of 9/11 victims will be able to enter a private room in the World Trade Center memorial and look through a window at a chamber storing more than 9,000 pieces of unidentified human remains, officials said. In a "contemplation room" next door, the public will be able to pay respects to an empty, symbolic vessel.
    Development officials disclosed more information about the design this week as they sought construction bids for the memorial. The climate-controlled, low-humidity storage chamber for the victims' remains is one of several rooms to be built where the trade center's north tower stood, said Anne Papageorge, who oversees memorial development for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. The actual remains will not be visible from the window, Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the city Medical Examiner's Office, said yesterday. Some family members said they would have preferred that the remains be entombed in the larger contemplation room. "Why should the public pay tribute to an empty box?" asked Edie Lutnick, whose brother was killed. Papageorge said that the symbolic vessel isn't large enough to hold the 9,100 unidentified remains and that it wasn't possible to keep it climate-controlled. She said the medical examiner's office also needs easier access to the storage chamber in case it has to retrieve remains.

    So far, 1,594 of the 2,749 people who died at the trade center have been identified.
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    Default 9/11 memories alive online

    January 9, 2006 -- Four-and-a-half years later, the terrible events of 9/11 are still fresh in the minds of New Yorkers, and now an online archive is ensuring the memories never fade. Starting today, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation will gather and post personal 9/11 reflections on its Web site, buildthememorial.org. "The plan is to launch a digital archive that will ultimately become part of the memorial museum," foundation Vice President Lynn Rasic said.
    The foundation is priming the pump by posting several accounts it has already culled. In one account, Fire Lt. Mickey Kross of Engine Co. 16 recalls how he miraculously survived the collapse of the north tower while still inside the building. "I literally tried to squeeze myself into my helmet," he writes. "Debris hit me from all angles and enveloped the stairwell in total darkness." The searchable archive, to be called Story Builder, will also allow visitors to attach photos to their stories.
    Foundation CEO Gretchen Dykstra said, "In preparing to build the memorial, the foundation is trying hard to remember this was an event that touched everybody." A Zogby poll done for the organization last summer found that nine out of 10 people believe 9/11 was the most significant historic event in their lifetime. The foundation recently announced it has raised more than $100 million of the $500 million needed to build the memorial and memorial museum. Dykstra told The News that the foundation is in talks with Columbia University about making buildthememorial.org an outlet for an oral history of 9/11 that the school compiled. "Our intention is to be a repository for as much of this human history as possible," she added. Another oral-history project, run by the nonprofit StoryCorps since July, has been recording the 9/11 remembrances of visitors to its studio on the concourse level of the Trade Center PATH station.
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    By ROBERT F. MOORE
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    Retired NYPD detective James Zadroga - who leaves behind a young daughter, Tylerann - wrote a letter about his work at Ground Zero.

    A retired NYPD detective, who worked more than 450 hours at Ground Zero, died Thursday from brain and respiratory complications that his family insists were linked to the World Trade Center cleanup.
    While autopsy results are pending, union officials maintain James Zadroga's death is the first post-9/11 death of a city officer linked to hazardous material from Ground Zero.

    "Our detective is a hero," said Mike Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association. "He had a disregard for his own health and life and tried to save others."

    In a chilling letter Zadroga wrote about a year after the terror attacks, he described his deteriorating health - including a constant cough and sore throat.

    "No one cares at the job," he wrote. "They tell me I'm fine, go back to work. But, truthfully, I haven't felt this bad in my life.... And what thanks do I get now that I'm sick?"

    NYPD officials said Zadroga, 34, was given a tax-free disability pension of three-quarters pay in 2004. His pension was the result of a pulmonary disease related to 9/11, a police official said.

    After leaving the NYPD, Zadroga was responsible for his own medical bills.

    "The department afforded the detective every medical option available," said NYPD Chief Michael Collins, a department spokesman.

    Still, Zadroga's parents said he left behind $50,000 in medical bills. They also said neither the city nor the NYPD has ever acknowledged to them that their son's illness was tied to Ground Zero.

    "They didn't treat him well," said his father, Joseph Zadroga, a retired police chief in North Arlington, N.J.

    James Zadroga is survived by his 4-year-old daughter, Tylerann, who was her daddy's little nurse. She told him when his head felt warm and knew from his dependence on oxygen when he wasn't doing well, relatives said.

    "I thought Daddy was only sleeping," she told her grandmother, Linda Zadroga, after her father's death.

    Zadroga died at his parents' home in Little Egg Harbor, N.J. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in North Arlington. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has authorized an NYPD honor guard to attend the service.

    Zadroga was inside 7 World Trade Center as it began to collapse on 9/11. He returned to the site for weeks to help search for victims' remains.

    Palladino said he feared the deaths of more emergency workers could follow.

    "We're just starting to learn now the long-term effects on first responders," he said.
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    NEW YORK -- The city on Thursday was dismissed as a defendant in a lawsuit alleging that it was negligent in the collapse of one of the World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001. The case proceeds against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the trade center complex, and others. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein noted that the city had created an emergency command center in the building, 7 World Trade Center, which collapsed seven hours after the nearby twin towers fell. He dismissed the city as a defendant after concluding the design and installation of an emergency backup generator system in the command center "was a good faith effort undertaken by the city to facilitate civil defense." "Clearly, this was not routine city business," the judge wrote, explaining why the construction of the command center qualified as a civil defense measure and was protected by the New York Defense Emergency Act, a 1951 law giving municipalities immunity for efforts to provide civil defense.
    City lawyer Kenneth A. Becker said the ruling dismisses the last remaining property damage claim against the city arising from the 2001 attacks. "This helps permit the city to better plan for events like the Sept. 11 attacks without being subject to liability based on hindsight," he said.Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo said in a release that the ruling was important to municipalities. "In light of the different catastrophic emergencies we have seen -- both here and in New Orleans -- the flexibility required to prepare and respond in innovative ways is critical, and this ruling reaffirms the legislative precedent allowing the planners to do their jobs without being second guessed," he said in a statement.
    The lawsuit was brought by the Consolidated Edison Co. of New York and insurance companies, contending that the city had improperly designed and installed a fuel system for a backup electrical system to support its Office of Emergency Management on the Manhattan building's 23rd floor. It seeks unspecified damages. Con Ed operated below the building a substation that was heavily damaged. The 47-story building, erected in 1987, fell after fires were started by the collapse of the twin towers. Con Ed and its insurers contended that the building collapsed because of the negligence and fault of others. It noted the city built and maintained large tanks of diesel fuel in leased offices in the building and said the tanks caused the fires to grow out of control. It also claimed the contractors, engineers and architects who designed and built 7 World Trade Center were negligent. A Con Ed spokeswoman said the company would have to review the decision before commenting. A Port Authority spokesman said the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.
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    Default 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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    Default Lifelessly cold, gritty and rough.

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    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.
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    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.
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    Default 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.
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    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.
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    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.''
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    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.
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    Quote 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.
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    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
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    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.
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    Quote 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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    That is simply beautiful.
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    June 10, 2006 -- A memorial to the 343 members of the Fire Department killed on September 11th was unveiled near the World Trade Center site Saturday. The bronze plaque, standing six feet tall, 56 feet long and weighing 7,000 pounds, depicts scenes of New York's bravest on that day. Thousands of firefighters were joined by local leaders including former mayor Rudy Giuliani. The tribute will hang at Engine 10/Ladder 10, across the street from where the south tower once stood.
    "With this memorial, we will ensure that their memory is kept alive,” said FDNY Fire Chief Peter Hayden. “They will be known as firefighter Michael Boyle, firefigher John Viggiano, Lieutenant Kevin Dowdell, Captain Patrick Brown, Chief Peter Ganci. They deserve that recognition and we made sure that they got it."

    The FDNY officially ended its recovery effort at the Trade Center site four years ago Saturday.
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    June 11, 2006 -- Solemn relatives of firefighters who died on 9/11 knelt quietly in front of their beautiful new memorial yesterday and took rubbings of their loved ones' names - names that were forged in fire and carved in timeless bronze to ensure they will never be forgotten. "It's perfect," said Rosemarie Langone, who lost two brothers, of the monument at the "10 House" near Ground Zero. "No matter what they build [at Ground Zero], it's not going to mean as much. That's for everybody, this is for us." Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke at the unveiling ceremony while President Bush, Gov. Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg sent prerecorded video messages. He later blasted city, state and federal officials for failing to build a memorial at Ground Zero nearly five years after the terrorist attacks.

    "Forget about the buildings, the office space - that should all come second," he said. "The focus has to be on the memorial. Get it right. Future generations will respect us for that."

    While politicians continue to dicker over the Ground Zero memorial, firefighters quietly built their own tribute to their 343 fallen brothers. Money was raised by law firm Holland & Knight.

    "There's been much discussion of a memorial to be built over this hole in the ground that still stands after five years," said FDNY Chief of Department Peter Hayden. "We've had empty promises from empty suits, but the Fire Department has filled its promise."


    The plaque, possibly the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world, stands 6 feet high and runs 56 feet along the side of the Engine 10 and Ladder 10 firehouse at Greenwich and Liberty streets. It depicts heroic firefighters responding to the burning towers. "It's beautiful. I'm very happy with it," said a tearful Beatrice Miller, who lost her son Henry, of Ladder 105. "I'm numb," she said of the memorial service and the memories it brought back. "Henry was too good for the world." "When you come here, you're going to be sad and overwhelmed with grief," Giuliani told the crowd. "But you're going to leave strengthened by these 343 men."
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    Default A Hands-On Tribute to the Pain and Valor of 9/11/01

    June 11, 2006 -- There is that instant of horror to be relived, forever frozen in bronze. There are scenes of valor and camaraderie to be celebrated. But more than anything, there are names to be touched and traced: the Fire Department's 343 dead.

    The first large-scale 9/11 monument at ground zero — a bold, literal and almost neo-Classical 56-foot-long bronze relief dedicated to the firefighters "who fell and to those who carry on" — was unveiled yesterday on the side of "10 House," the home of Engine Company 10 and Ladder Company 10, across Liberty Street from the World Trade Center.

    In unison, members of the two companies removed six flag-bedecked panels that had been hiding the mural, then marched slowly away, revealing the full panorama, centered on the flaming towers, with heroic and humbled firefighters on either side.

    Within moments of its unveiling, family members and firefighters in dress blues were on their knees at the mural, rubbing the inscribed names of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, arranged by rank, from First Deputy Commissioner William M. Feehan to Paramedic Ricardo J. Quinn.

    "I wish his name was not on that wall," said Miriam Juarbe, the mother of Firefighter Angel L. Juarbe Jr., as she clutched the rubbing she had just made. "He made us proud. He gave too much."

    Brian D. Starer, vice chairman of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, which raised the money for the monument, said he found a 12-year-old boy making a rubbing who told him, "This is all I have of my father."

    President Bush, appearing in a videotaped message shown at the opening of the ceremony, said, "The time for mourning may pass, but the time for remembering never does." Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who was present, said simply, "It's very hard coming here."

    Remembrance was the theme of the morning. Peter E. Hayden, the chief of the Fire Department, pointedly noted the absence of an official memorial across the street, on what he called "holy ground."

    "We've had empty promises from empty suits," Chief Hayden said, "but the Fire Department has fulfilled its promise."

    The ceremony coincided with the fourth anniversary of the Fire Department's cessation of recovery operations at ground zero, although the monument is not quite complete. It is framed, as intended, by nine lighting fixtures, but the 11 paving stones for its base have yet to be installed, pending city approval. These are to be of the same garnet-flecked Adirondack granite as the Freedom Tower cornerstone.

    Since crowds are already a constant at 10 House, the monument is likely to become an instant landmark.

    But its creators envision a more distant horizon.

    "This is a 100-year monument," said Harold Meyers, assistant chief of the department and the Manhattan borough commander. "We wanted it to tell a story. One hundred years from now, we want you to look at this and say, 'This is what happened.' "

    In the central panel are the flaming towers, caught at the instant when the second jet hit on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Flanking it are scenes of firefighters laying down hose lines, a weary firefighter reaching up from a curb, firefighters washing their faces at a hydrant, a fireboat on the horizon.

    They are composed in exacting detail. Chief Meyers made sure of that. A chief at the temporary command station is wearing his regulation F.D.N.Y. tie clip. Some firefighters have chocks — door-opening wedges — strapped to their helmets.

    Mr. Starer said it was impossible to put an exact dollar figure on the project because so much labor and material was donated. "This is a million-dollar memorial that didn't cost a million dollars," he said.

    Holland & Knight is an international law firm whose New York office is at 195 Broadway, a block from ground zero. Its central role in the firefighters' monument can be traced to the earliest days of the rescue and recovery effort, when Mr. Starer helped furnish ice for the workers on the smoldering pile.

    "I like to think of this story as ice to bronze," he said.

    In September 2001, his wife, Cheryl Roy Starer, immersed herself in volunteer work at a triage center in Public School 234, four blocks north of ground zero. After two or three days treating workers with deeply bloodshot eyes, for whom conventional eye drops offered no relief, she set out to create soothing ice compresses.

    Mrs. Starer telephoned her husband and said: "I want you to stop what you're doing. I need ice. I'm not asking you, I'm telling you." He asked how much. "All you can get," she answered.

    Nuzzolese Brothers Ice, Diamond Ice Cube and Maplewood Ice answered Mr. Starer's call, delivering 20 tons of free ice daily to ground zero for a month. Then they asked to be paid for future deliveries.

    To pay for the ice, Mr. Starer, an admiralty lawyer, took advantage of assistance that had been offered by three international shipping executives — Thomas Hsu, Gregory B. Hadjieleftheriadis and Axel Karlshoej — to create an "ice fund" for ground zero.

    After nine weeks, ice was no longer needed, but there was still money in the fund. Mr. Starer offered to buy a fire truck, but fire officials proposed instead that the money be used for a memorial.

    He agreed, with the understanding that the monument would also honor Glenn J. Winuk, a Holland & Knight partner and volunteer firefighter in Jericho, N.Y., who raced to the trade center after helping evacuate his own building. He was not seen alive again. Mr. Winuk's name appears on a separate plaque from the listing of the 343 New York City firefighters.

    Mr. Starer approached the Rambusch Company, a 108-year-old firm that specializes in decorative metalwork, stained glass and lighting. He was drawn by the firm's experience and, not coincidentally, by the fact that its chairman emeritus, Viggo Bech Rambusch, is the brother of one of Mr. Starer's law partners.

    "Trajan's Column," Mr. Rambusch declared to Mr. Starer.

    Conjuring that Roman monument, Mr. Rambusch evoked the notion of unfolding reliefs, almost cinematic in continuity and clarity, transmitting a wartime narrative wordlessly across centuries. Further, Mr. Rambusch ordained, the 9/11 monument must be made of a noble metal: bronze.

    His sons, Martin V. and Edwin P. Rambusch, worked on the project with Joseph A. Oddi, a delineator, and Joseph Petrovics, a sculptor.

    It was Mr. Oddi who sketched the preliminary vision of the monument — the burning towers already the centerpiece — during a meeting in Chief Meyers's office in December 2003 at which firefighters talked about their experiences on 9/11.

    A 10-foot-long plaster model followed. Dozens of details were fussed over: how high the fireboat sat in the water, how the radio cords curled.

    Full-scale panels were made in plastilene clay. At this late stage, Charles R. Cushing, a naval architect and friend of Mr. Starer, noticed that the smoke from the north tower was drifting in the wrong direction. That was revised.

    Negative plaster casts were made from the plastilene. These were used to make positive plaster casts that, in turn, were pressed into a mixture called French sand. That created another mold into which the bronze was cast, at the Bedi-Makky Art Foundry in Brooklyn.

    The six-foot-high, 7,000-pound mural arrived in Manhattan on May 19 in two 24-foot-long side sections and an 8-foot-long central section.

    It was put up overnight. Before the south panel was hoisted into place, the installation crew and the firefighters from 10 House were invited to write messages on the back with paint pens. Some offered sentiments like "I'm here with you" or " 'Til we meet again." Others enumerated their friends who died that day — six names, seven names, eight names.

    "I'm not a misty guy," Chief Meyers said, "but I have to tell you, I had a misty moment."

    And those sentiments are meant to stay private and personal. "I hope," the chief said, "no one ever gets to see the back of it."
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    E40L35 what are your thoughts of this? I personally was moved when I was looking at it. I was kinda woundering what you and your fellow FF in NY thought of this. You guys were obviously affected more then anyone else, do you guys feel it serves the memory of your fallen brothers well.

    And thank you so much for keeping us up to date!!

    I may have to make a trip up to NYC to see this in person, although i would be scared to death. A big city like that would eat up a little country boy like me.
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