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    GRIEVING KIN OF LADDER 7 HEROES FIND SOLACE IN POST PHOTO OF THEIR MEN IN ACTION

    GRIEVING KIN OF LADDER 7 HEROES FIND SOLACE IN POST PHOTO OF THEIR MEN IN ACTION

    By JESSIE GRAHAM
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    March 10, 2002 -- The six months since Sept. 11 have been filled with grief, doubt and unanswered questions for anyone who loved or worked with the tragic lost firefighters of Ladder Co. 7.
    Yesterday provided some closure - as friends and family gathered in Seaford, L.I., to bury George Cain, one of the six men from the squad killed in the World Trade Center disaster.

    But despite the cherished chance to say goodbye to a Sept. 11 hero, questions surrounding Ladder 7's last moments have been tormenting anyone who cared about the men for half a year.

    Now, a photo [on Page 4] taken by a Post photographer - showing the men on a street near the trade center preparing to go inside - is providing clues to the company's mysterious end.

    "When I first saw this picture, I wanted to cry," said FDNY colleague Lt. Mike Cuttino. "It brings up a lot of feelings . . . grief, anger. It's a memoriam. It tells us these guys knew they were going into harm's way, and they went in to do their jobs."

    The Ladder 7 firefighters lost Sept. 11 are Lt. Vernon Richard and firefighters Vincent Princiotta, Charles Mendez, Robert Foti, Richard Muldowney and Cain.

    None of their colleagues know exactly what happened to them after they arrived at the trade center from their station house in Kips Bay. They wonder where in the building they were.

    "Their last communication was with the chiefs, and they're all deceased," said Cuttino. "We may never know exactly where they were."

    The picture by Post photographer Bolivar Arellano may be the last time any of the men were seen alive - near the Marriott Hotel 10 minutes before the second tower came crumbling down.

    "See the guy with the roof rope?" said firefighter Gary Cline, as he looked at the picture. "That would have been Chuckie [Mendez]."

    "That's Foti with the forcible-entry tool, the
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    FOREVER HEROES

    FOREVER HEROES

    March 10, 2002 -- VERNON RICHARD

    Dorothy Richard knew exactly where to look for her husband in the last photo taken of him.

    "He was always the first in line," she said of Lt. Vernon Richard. "When I saw that picture, I knew, there he is, first in line again."

    The Richards were married for 30 years. Their first grandchild, Leila, was born last Oct. 16, to their son, Vernon Jr., and his wife, Dawn, just four days before Richard would have celebrated his 54th birthday. Their daughter, Evanessa, 20, has taken a leave from college to deal with her father's death.

    The family spends a lot of time remembering Richard. "We sit and cry and remember what an awesome man he was," his wife said. "He took care of us."

    RICHARD MULDOWNEY

    They called Richard Muldowney "Moon Dog" - but he was no space cadet.

    Muldowney, 40, took care of the rig and maintained the firehouse's collection of emergency exit keys.

    "He was so organized," Lt. Mike Cuttino said. "He had his own special system."

    Muldowney and his wife, Constance, married three years ago.

    Muldowney loved fishing, said his brother Kevin, and taught his two stepchildren, Katherine, 10, and John, 12, everything he could about the Long Island shore.

    The Muldowneys also lost a cousin, firefighter Kenneth Watson, in the terrorist attack.

    CHARLES MENDEZ

    In the weeks following Sept. 11, Kerri Mendez could not stop peppering her brother, firefighter Chris Meehan, for details of the daily dig at Ground Zero.

    She wanted to know about the last moments of her husband, Charles, 38, known as "Chuckie."

    On New Year's Eve, her husband's body was found. His jacket was ripped to shreds, but somehow, his name tag remained intact.

    "We had a funeral for him," Kerri said. "I got a little closure out of that.

    "He was a wonderful person," Kerri said. "No one ever had anything bad to say about him."

    VINCENT PRINCIOTTA

    "Vinnie Princiotta made all our bets for us," said Lt. Mike Cuttino.

    Before big sporting events, Princiotta would call firehouses in rival cities to make wagers of company T-shirts.

    "When Super Bowl time came around this year, Vinnie wasn't there to make the bets anymore," Cuttino said.

    Princiotta, 39, an avid surfer, grew up in The Bronx and rode the waves at Gilgo Beach. They called him "The Vin Man," and he was among the firehouse's best cooks.

    In recent years, the surfer dude became a family man. His daughter, Christina, was born 18 months ago to his wife, Karen.

    GEORGE CAIN

    He was a free spirit whose love of skiing earned him the nickname "Dude" - but when it came to battling blazes, George Cain was always in a rush.

    "He was game," said Lt. Mike Cuttino.

    Cain's father, Daniel, fought fires for a living. But it wasn't until Cain battled his first blaze, and became briefly trapped, that he really understood the nature of his dad's job. His father came to the scene and saw his son's soot-blackened face.

    "Dad, so this is what you did for a living all these years!" George Cain said, and the father and son had a good laugh.

    Before becoming a firefighter, Cain, 35, lived in Colorado for five years, working as a carpenter in the summer and a ski instructor in the winter. His fiancee, Ilene Kim, still lives there.

    ROBERT FOTI

    It was no surprise that firefighter Robert Foti spent one of his last moments picking up a fallen ax from the ground, according to his first wife, Florence.

    "He was so clumsy!" she chuckled. "He was always dropping things and bending over to pick them up."

    When Florence, 43, first saw the last photo taken of her former husband, she began to cry. "But then I started to laugh because it was so typical," she said.

    Florence and Foti dated since high school and had two children, Alycia, 13, and Robert, 11. They divorced last year. In May, Foti, 42, married Mary Grace, with whom he had a son, James, 5.


    This is the photo accompanying this article and mentioned in the above article.
    Here is the caption for this picture:

    WITHOUT FEAR:
    This is the courageous moment, captured by Post photographer Bolivar Arellano, when the brave men of Ladder 7 left the corner of Liberty and West Streets to head into the burning Twin Towers on the morning of September 11. At least six of them never returned.
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    LADDER 007 ENGINE 016 FDNY

    Heroes' day in the sun
    Firefighters shed New York gloom for warm Gasparilla welcome
    By LANE DeGREGORY

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    ENGINE 016 LADDER 007 FDNY

    PRAY FOR THEM

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