Malik, who is considering becoming a firefighter, called his uncle a "role model" and remembered how the "strong" and "powerful" man was "the most popular guy in the firehouse."
An Engine 33 firefighter said Keithroy's family stops by the Great Jones Street station house often - especially on Keithroy's birthday and Christmas.
"I'm going [to the funeral] out of respect to the family. The whole house is going," said a firefighter standing near a plaque dedicated to the memory of the Engine Co. 33 firefighters who died on 9/11 and the three others from Ladder 9 who died that day.
* A House panel voted yesterday to take back $125 million in unspent Sept. 11 aid to New York, a plan that has lawmakers from the state scrambling to hold on to those funds and $44 million more suddenly at risk.
A House Appropriations subcommittee approved on a voice vote a much-larger spending bill that retrieves $125 million originally destined for post-Sept. 11 worker's compensation claims.
* The FBI missed at least five opportunities before the 9/11 attacks to uncover information about the terrorists, the Justice Department's inspector general wrote in a report released yesterday.
Inspector General Glenn Fine blamed the FBI for not knowing about the presence of two of the terrorists and for not following up on an agent's theory that Osama bin Laden was sending them to flight schools.
Fine called the intelligence lapse a "significant failure."
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