FDNY hails WTC work by Newsers

Daily News columnist Michael Daly was one of five News staffers honored by New York's Bravest for their work covering the World Trade Center attacks and the aftermath.

Daly, Police Bureau Chief Michele McPhee and photographers Todd Maisel, Thomas Monaster and David Handschuh were each named winners yesterday of the New York Bravest Excellence in Journalism Awards. Handschuh's legs were crushed when the north tower collapsed, and Maisel helped save the life of a firefighter.

The awards were announced by the city's two fire unions, the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

"Michael Daly, of course, has written any number of columns we've found excellent. Michele McPhee has demonstrated consistent excellence in covering news on the FDNY," said Marty Steadman of the Fire Officers Association.

Monaster, who ducked under a fire truck as the second tower crumbled, helped rescue people fleeing the destruction.

The awards will be presented May 1 at a ceremony at The Sequoia, on Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport.

Originally published on April 9, 2003