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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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    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.
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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.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/11/ny...1memorial.html
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by ducken
    E40L35 what are your thoughts of this? I personally was moved when I was looking at it. I was kinda wondering 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.

    I think it is a GREAT TRIBUTE to Brave men. The ceremony was powerful yet fitting. I wish everyone could have heard Chief Hayden's remarks, he is a class act. In the Cave we are still missing members from that Tuesday. Now I can take my friend Mikey's sons to a Monument to spend time with their father and not some hole in the ground. I recommend EVERYONE to make a pilgrimage to the site and see what Murderers did that day.
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    I am starting to believe that the FDNY needs to step away from this fiasco and tell the "official memorial" people to put it where an endoscope will be the only way to view it. Let's see, 4.75 years and all there is to show is a big hole, and a few drawings that seem to get shot down in just hours. (I know that some of the other buildings are being rebuilt.)

    Unfortunatly I can't offer any good ideas about how to fix the problem, or even any bad ones. Rant off.

    I do believe that there is a trip to New York city in my future with plenty of film, memory cards or both, for use at the 10 house.

    " empty promises from empty suits" so fitting.

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    edited to add: I am proud of the fact that the private sector and the brothers of FDNY could pull off a fitting memorial to those that made the supreme sacrifice.
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    To my Brothers and Sisters in the F.D.N.Y.

    While I now live in the Pacific Northwest and can only comment on the events in New York City from a distance, allow me to offer the following observations:

    Thank you Assistant Chief H. Meyers for spearheading this Memorial.

    Thank you Holland & Knight for all your efforts.

    Thank you Mayor Giuliani for coming to the dedication.

    Thank you, and God bless you Chief Hayden for your comments and your courage.

    Thank you, God bless you and may God watch over you to ALL the Members of the F.D.N.Y. - those of you we lost on 9-11-01 and afterwards - those of you who searched, rescued from and recovered from The Pile - those of you who now serve with courage, honor and dignity.

    You made a frightened nation proud on 9-11-01 and you continue to do so by your example.

    We will never forget!

    By the way, shame on you President Bush, Governor Pataki and especially Mayor Bloomberg for not attending the ceremony. It is obvious how you feel about your Bravest.

    With my highest respect,

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    Thats so damn cool, I wanna go see it first hand someday

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    July 4, 2006 -- The search for remains of 9/11/01 victims on a skyscraper near Ground Zero - suspended more than two months ago by environmental officials - will resume tomorrow. Workers, wearing masks for protection from asbestos and other contaminants, will continue cleaning the roof of the former Deutsche Bank building of toxic materials and searching for remains, said John Gallagher, spokesman for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. The Environmental Protection Agency suspended work on the roof in April, citing the LMDC for failing to properly protect workers from asbestos. It said in mid-June that the agency, which owns the vacant skyscraper and began dismantling it last fall, could resume the work. Part of the World Trade Center's south tower tore into 15 stories of the building when the tower collapsed Sept. 11, 2001.
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    July 16, 2006 -- Scores of people rallied at Ground Zero yesterday to remember the fallen and call for a more thorough search for bone fragments still being found near the World Trade Center site. Activists have said they aren't convinced that enough is being done to recover any small bits of remains that might still be hidden among other debris at the vacant Deutsche Bank building, which was damaged beyond repair in the trade center collapse. More than 600 human bone fragments have been found in the 41-story tower, the majority turning up on the roof. Richard Gould, a professor of anthropology at Brown University, said he is concerned that teams scouring the building are using tools too crude to find every bone fragment. "What the site needs is a careful, systematic clearing job," he said. "So far, that hasn't happened yet." The search for remains at the skyscraper resumed July 5 after a two-month break ordered by environmental officials. The recovery of remains is being overseen by the city's Medical Examiner's Office and its forensic anthropologist, Dr. Bradley Adams, who formerly worked with a military task force recovering the remains of soldiers from Korea and Vietnam. Workers are also removing asbestos and other toxic materials from the building as a prelude to demolishing it. Those rallying at the site yesterday included dozens of veterans. Organizers of the event held a ceremony honoring World Trade Center victims who had also served in the military.
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    The Bloombag administration has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at forcing the city to excavate and give a "proper burial" to tons of World Trade Center debris at Fresh Kills landfill. The Manhattan Federal Court suit was filed in 2005 by WTC Families for Proper Burial and 17 relatives of 9/11 victims, who charge human body parts are mingled in the debris from the twin towers recovery operation. But the relatives don't have the right "to overturn the city's decision on how to treat the WTC material" at the Staten Island dump, a lawyer for the city said in a new written response. "The possibility that the remains of some victims may not have been found ...does not empower this court to order the City of New York to commit tens of millions of taxpayers' dollars to resift and relocate the material," lawyer James Tyrrell wrote. The family members' lawyer Norman Siegel promised "a vigorous reply" to the city's motion. "We believe an egregious wrong was committed and that our clients' civil rights were violated," he said.
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    NEW YORK -- The mayor called an emergency meeting at City Hall on Friday to figure out why human bones were discovered at ground zero this week and discuss what other areas of the site should be searched for remains of the Sept. 11 dead. The discovery stirred up renewed anger and anguish among families of the dead. "These are the bones that these mothers bore," said Rosaleen Tallon, whose brother died on Sept. 11. Bloombag called agencies to the meeting to "put them all together in a room to see what else we should go look at and why this wasn't discovered five years earlier." He also said that the city was planning to scour the site again for remains, examining other manholes and areas that might have been overlooked. Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch told The Associated Press he was eager to see what came out of the meeting. "We've been in touch with the families and expressed our concern," he said as he headed inside. Meanwhile, police and forensic experts dug through a pile of rubble at the site Friday in search of more remains, an official said. The search involved additional material pulled from the manhole where the bones were found this week, and was expected to yield additional remains, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not instructed not to speak publicly about the matter. Construction work on several ongoing projects at the site - the Sept. 11 memorial, the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower and a transit hub - continued without interruption Friday, said Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman.The remains, some as big as arm or leg bones, were found by a Port Authority contractor working with a Consolidated Edison crew excavating a manhole at street level, Coleman said. The location where the bones were found is next to where a podium is put up on Sept. 11 anniversaries for families to read the names of their loved ones. Family members called Friday for an investigation by Congress and state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer into the failure to completely remove the remains from ground zero. The group WTC Families for Proper Burial also called for ground zero construction to be halted until a proper search for remains can be completed. Diane Horning, who lost a son on Sept. 11, said at a news conference that a small piece of her son's body, found 4 1/2 years ago, was located near the latest discovery."Why were these remains removed and the site compromised? The entire recovery has never been handled as a crime scene," said Horning.The families said officials rushed to clean the debris from ground zero without properly considering the remains. Con Edison said that at the direction of the Port Authority, it entered the lower Manhattan site on Wednesday to remove material from two manholes that had been damaged and abandoned after the 2001 collapse of the twin towers. Crews hauled the excavated materials Wednesday to a work center more than a mile away, as is customary, Con Edison said. No one noticed there were human remains.On Thursday morning, the Port Authority contractor spotted the remains, and the medical examiner's office was contacted. More remains were found at the Chelsea site where the excavated material was taken, said Con Ed spokesman Mike Clendenin.The area was roped off, and investigators sifted through dirt under a white tarp. The team of workers included forensic anthropologists who are overseeing the medical examiner's massive effort to identify Sept. 11 trade center victims.Police said there was no evidence of wrongdoing, and an investigation was to continue Friday.Con Edison said it "shares the great sensitivity felt by families and rescuers associated with the tragedy" because many of its employees have been personally involved in the restoration and recovery efforts. Five years after 2,749 people died in the World Trade Center attack, families of about 1,150 victims still have not received word that their loved ones' remains were found amid the rubble. The remains of Charles Wolf's wife, Katherine, 40, were never recovered. He said his wife, an employee of insurer Marsh & McLennan, perished on the 97th floor of the north tower. "I am totally shocked that this was found in the pit," said Wolf, who showed up at the Chelsea Con Edison site after being contacted by television stations. "The fact that they were found in ground zero says there was some major, major shortfall in the recovery effort." Wolf, 52, of Manhattan, said a "qualified independent party," such as investigators with the military's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC, which looks for American soldiers who go missing, should handle the Sept. 11 remains search. "We've got a problem right now," Wolf said. "Where else are we going to find them next?" During the excavation of the 110-story twin towers, which began the evening of the attacks and lasted for nine months, about 20,000 pieces of human remains were found. The DNA in thousands of those pieces, many small enough to slip into a test tube, was too damaged by heat, humidity and time to yield matches in the many tests forensic scientists have tried over the years. The city told victims' families last year that it was putting the project on hold, possibly for years, until new DNA technology was developed. Every known process had been tried. But last month, Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch said that advances had been made by Bode Technology Group, the Virginia company contracted to work on recovered Sept. 11 bone fragments, and that "new identifications will be forthcoming." A medical examiner's office spokeswoman, Ellen Borakove, said Thursday that no new IDs had been made but they still were expected. Besides the new remains found by the utility workers, the lab also has recently received hundreds of bone fragments discovered on the roof of a building just south of where the trade center stood. The building had been condemned since the attacks and was about to be torn down when workers found the bone pieces.
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    A coalition of historic preservation groups accused World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein of making no effort to save the so-called Survivors Staircase. The now-battered stairs, which many in the north tower used to reach Vesey St. safely on 9/11, stand where Silverstein plans to build an office tower. The Lower Manhattan Emergency Preservation Fund, whose five groups include the Municipal Art Society and the New York Landmarks Conservancy, had been in talks with Silverstein and the Port Authority about ways to safeguard the steps. But the groups concluded, in a letter to Silverstein this week, that his tower is being designed by architect Norman Foster "as though the staircase had already been destroyed." A spokesman for Silverstein had no comment yesterday.
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