Two More Found at WTC
One is body of firefighter - from devastated Ladder 4

By GREG GITTRICH
Daily News Staff Writer

Workers at Ground Zero pulled two more bodies yesterday from the remnants of the south tower.

One of them was a firefighter from Ladder 4 in Manhattan, the firehouse on the edge of the Theater District that lost an entire crew of 15 firefighters Sept. 11.

Officials did not know the identity of the first body found yesterday. But Port Authority police officers on a recovery team at the disaster site said the second was a firefighter from Ladder 4.

"The first thing they saw was his boot," said Port Authority Lt. John Ryan. "It was like the other day," he added, referring to Tuesday, when workers spotted a boot and found more than a dozen bodies.

Around 3 p.m. yesterday, scores of firefighters and laborers lined up along the steel ramp leading from the basement rubble of the World Trade Center and paid homage to the Ladder 4 hero as his remains were taken to the city morgue.

The firefighter, whose name was not immediately released, was the fifth member of the lost Ladder 4 crew recovered in the last three days.

The others are Michael Lynch, 33, a new father who was studying to become a lieutenant and received the ********* after his death; Joe Angelini Jr., who followed in his father's footsteps to become a firefighter; Michael Haub, a big guy known for cooking smoked pork chops smothered in sauerkraut, and John Tipping, a young snowboarder who was about to get married.

Until recovery crews ripped into the collapsed lobby of the south tower this week, one the 15 members of the Ladder 4/Engine 54 crew had been pulled from the rubble.

Search Goes On

Laborers and heavy excavation machines continued to explore the area last night. The sloping pile had been used as a makeshift road into the disaster site until a steel ramp became operational last week.

It will take about four weeks to identify most of the bodies found since Tuesday, as the remains must undergo DNA testing and then be matched to someone on the long list of the dead.

Some identifications have been easier to make because of bunker gear and clothing found on the victims.

With Martin Mbugua and Tom Raftery



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