Trio of Bravest in race to assist 9/11 families


LONDON - Three New York City firefighters joined an international team of runners in a road race yesterday to raise money for families bereaved by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Firefighters Joe Miccio, Vic Navarra and Victor Sailer traveled from New York to race past London landmarks with more than 12,000 other runners representing almost 200 charities.

"The amount of love and care that came from around the world to us in the United States after the attacks was wonderful," said Miccio, who worked with Ladder Co. 127 in Jamaica, Queens, before the attacks. He relocated to help with the cleanup at Ground Zero.

"To come here and meet people and shake their hands and thank them for all that support is something I feel very strongly about," he said.

The Fire Department lost 343 members in the attacks.

The 6.2-mile charity race, organized to mark Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee, wound past famous landmarks, including Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral and St. James's Palace.

Money raised will be split among four charities: a fund to benefit the widows and children of New York City firefighters; Care International, for its work with refugees in Afghanistan; Cruse Bereavement Care, which counseled British families who lost next of kin in the attacks, and Britain's Fire Service National Benevolent Fund.

With London's Big Ben as backdrop, New York City Firefighters Vic Navarra (foreground) and Victor Sailer (l.) represent twin towers team