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    Dad: Honor Fallen Hero

    Jun 23, 2002



    By Merle English
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    A father who lost his son in the World Trade Center attacks clings to a dream he's waiting for the New York City Fire Department to fulfill.

    Arnold Roma, 50, a registered nurse and retired New York City police officer, would like to see the name Keith Roma added to the official list of 343 firefighters who perished that day in the line of duty.

    "Every time we hear the number 343 we die all over,

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    FIRE PATROL FPNY 1-2-3 LOCAL I-26

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    Dad: Add my son to list of fallen Bravest

    Dad: Add my son to list of fallen Bravest

    By GREG GITTRICH
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Keith Roma was dispatched by the Fire Department to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. He helped more than a dozen people escape from the north tower. And he died alongside city firefighters.

    But the Fire Department has balked at calling Roma one of its own despite a promise to do so, his family says.

    "I'm not asking for money or benefits or anything like that," said Keith's father, Arnie, an ex-cop. "I just want him on the official [FDNY] list so in the future our grandchildren and everyone will know how he died - saving others."

    Keith Roma, 27, was a member of the New York Fire Patrol, which works out of city firehouses and falls under the command of the FDNY at blazes. But its funding comes from insurance companies and its mission is to salvage property.

    On 9/11, that changed. Everyone's mission was to save lives, and Roma gave his last breath trying to save nine people - whose remains would be found next to his at Ground Zero. He escorted many others to safety before the tower fell.

    Told of Roma's sacrifice, city fire officials vowed six days after the attacks to add his name to the department's list of fallen, his father said.

    A statement released Sept. 17, 2001, by the FDNY read: "Although Fire Patrol is not officially a part of the Fire Department of New York, they are considered a part of our family."

    'The number is 343'

    Still, after more than a year, the FDNY count remains at 343 without Roma.

    A FDNY spokesman said Roma's heroic acts continue to be acknowledged by the department. But he added: "The number is 343."

    To some, the reason is simple: The list strictly represents FDNY personnel. But Roma's family says it's not that clear-cut.

    After Roma's remains were recovered on Christmas Eve, intercoms at city firehouses bleated out a signal 4-5 - the FDNY's traditional declaration of death.

    Roma was also given a full FDNY funeral Mass - his body arrived in a caisson saluted by firefighters in dress uniforms.

    Arnie Roma, 50, said he hopes that one day his son will be added to the FDNY list, identified as a patrolman.

    "Every time we hear that number 343, it hurts," Arnie Roma said. "It should be 344."


    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/stor...2p-21657c.html

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