9/11 Families in Salute to Coroner Team

They are the unsung heroes of 9/11.


April 4, 2005 -- They are the unsung heroes of 9/11.

Hundreds of victims' family members gathered yesterday to honor the city's Medical Examiner's Office for its effort to identify their loved ones.

"Your staff showed great compassion and care for the victims and their families, and your efforts will never be forgotten," said Father Brian Jordan during an interfaith ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi in Midtown.

Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch said he was touched by the outpouring of gratitude.

"Our motivation came from the families," Hirsch said.

The ME's Office announced last month that it could no longer identify any more remains with current technology.

So far, just 1,160 of the 2,749 victims have been identified.

Marianne Barry stopped waiting to hear that her husband, Maurice