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    May 3, 2002

    Mournful Task Ending, Forever Unfinished

    By DAN BARRY

    Through the blur of unnoticed seasons, in an effort without parallel, 1.6 million tons of material from the collapse of the World Trade Center have been dismantled, examined and carted off to be examined again. That fire-spitting, hellish mound

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    Bobby Gray, the supervising foreman for the site's operating engineers, said people like Mr. Mirto have not had time to sort out what they have been through, just as they are not prepared for the end. He said that laid-off union members constantly ask to come back. "They just keep calling and calling and calling: `Get me a day. Get me a night,' " he said. "I think that it's out of some sense of duty that you want to see this thing through to the end. After everything they've done, they just want to be there for when the job is finished."

    For many firefighters, the job will never be finished, the vow to recover the dead

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