WTC SURVIVOR MEETS RESCUERS

By BRUCE FURMAN, GEORGETT ROBERTS and CLEMENTE LISI
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January 20, 2002 -- A man pulled from beneath the rubble at the World Trade Center was reunited with his firefighter rescuers yesterday for the first time since Sept. 11.
"They're all heroes," said Lenny Artizzone, a building superintendent who was stuck 300 feet under the towers when he was pulled out. "This is not about me, it's about the men who saved me."

Artizzone, 49, who presented the firefighters with a TV set, was buried under broken cement after the south tower collapsed.

Capt. Hugh Mulligan and firefighters Brian Harvey, Tony Palminteri and Peter Strahl of Engine Co. 236 in East New York, Brooklyn, crawled along the 300-foot tunnel to get to him.

"We had to hurry," Harvey recalls. "There was fire below us, and you could smell gas."

The men carried Artizzone, who broke both legs, about 100 feet through the smoke-filled tunnel and finally reached a clearing.

"He looks great now - so much better than when we found him," said Palminteri.

Meanwhile, Channel 9 reporter Frank Ucciardo, who ran for his life when the WTC collapsed, met rescue worker Benny Gioffre, who returned a bag found in the rubble.

Ucciardo, who lost hope of recovering his planner and address book, was grateful to have it back.

"I was excited because I was recovering a part of my life; my bag was a part of my daily existence," he said.