Fallen Fire Rookies Hailed

ears fell as black bunting was pulled away yesterday to unveil a wooden sculpture honoring six probationary firefighters who died Sept. 11.

The 5-foot-high, 40-pound scroll, adorned with photos of the men's smiling faces, will hang at the Fire Academy on Randalls Island, where the six trained and where yesterday's ceremony was held.

A wooden sculpture honoring fallen FDNY rookies was unveiled yesterday.
The center of the scroll, carved from butternut wood, features an angel in bas-relief with her wings around a firefighter "about to give up his soul," said artist Clay Boone.

The photographs of Richard Allen, 31; Calixto Anaya Jr., 35; Andrew Brunn, 28; Michael Cammarata, 22; Michael D'Auria, 25, and Anthony Rodriguez, 36, flank the angel, three on each side.

As she made her way close to the artwork, Anaya's widow, Marie, tried to hide her tears from her 2-year-old daughter, Rebecca.

"I'm okay," Marie Anaya told the pigtailed girl in her arms, who began rubbing her mother's cheeks.

Rebecca, Marie Anaya and her other two children, Kristine Marie, 9, and Brandon, 6, were all wearing shirts with Calixto's Fire Department shield, No. 3837.

Class 2 of 2001 hadn't graduated when the twin towers were attacked. Like their 92 other classmates, the six were working at firehouses in the 10th week of their 14-week field training.

Alice McQuillan