STREET OF HONOR FOR 9/11 HERO

By STEPHANIE GASKELL


November 17, 2002 -- A Bronx street was renamed yesterday in honor of a firefighter whose voice is heard extensively on the audio tape of the Sept. 11 response recently released by the Port Authority.

Orio Palmer, a 20-year veteran and a chief with Battalion 7 in Manhattan, was killed in the World Trade Center's south tower on 9/11.

Family members and fellow firefighters held a small ceremony at noon to dedicate a portion of East 234th Street as "Deputy Chief Orio J. Palmer Way."

The renamed section stretches from Vireo to Webster avenues.

Palmer's voice can be heard on the 78-minute audiotape that is the only known recording of firefighters at the scene.

The tape, recently released by the Port Authority, was recovered from 5 World Trade Center, where radio transmissions were monitored.

In September, Mayor Bloomberg signed a bill renaming 81 streets after fallen firefighters and police officers.



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