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    FDNY Kin Plead For Own 9/11 Tribute

    FDNY KIN PLEAD FOR OWN 9/11 TRIBUTE


    By WILLIAM NEUMAN
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    May 29, 2003 -- Dozens of firefighters and their relatives made an emotional plea yesterday to give the fallen rescue workers special recognition in a Ground Zero memorial.

    "If it wasn't for them, you'd need twice as much space for a memorial, because there would be twice as many victims," said Chris Ganci, speaking at a hearing on the memorial held by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.

    Ganci, whose father, Chief of Department Pete Ganci, was the highest-ranking firefighter to die on 9/11, was loudly cheered by the more than the 150 firefighters and their families that made up the bulk of the audience.

    One after another, firefighters rose up to speak out against an LMDC decision to create a memorial "without hierarchy," that could fail to distinguish between rescue workers and the people they died trying to save.

    Theresa Starck said her husband, Battalion Chief Warren Starck, "would not want to be held above anyone else, just recognized as a firefighter. He lived as a firefighter. He died as a firefighter. Do not change history."

    Firefighters have been pushing to have all the rescue workers who died at Ground Zero listed together with an indication of their unit.

    Members of the panel that will pick the memorial design by next fall listened intently.



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    Bravest apply heat

    Bravest apply heat

    At public hearing, 150 rally for special 9/11 memorial

    By MAGGIE HABERMAN and GREG GITTRICH
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

    Chanting "Never Forget," nearly 150 firefighters rallied outside a public hearing in Tribeca last night where officials met to take suggestions for a permanent Ground Zero memorial.

    "Those hypocrites in Albany and City Hall come to our funerals, come to our memorials ... then they turn their back on us," said Philip McArdle of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. "To hell with them!"

    The firefighters' anger centers on a decision by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. that the memorial not distinguish between civilians and rescuers.

    The decision has left firefighters convinced that the sacrifices of their 343 fallen comrades were being minimized.

    A poll released this month by Quinnipiac University found that 70% of New Yorkers favor a single memorial, while 25% said rescuers deserve separate recognition.

    'Something ... we deserve'

    Still, many firefighters - especially members of a group called Advocates for a 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial - have pushed for the distinction.

    "We shouldn't have to be here for something that we deserve," said Chris Ganci, the son of slain FDNY Chief of Department Peter Ganci.

    Inside the forum at Borough of Manhattan Community College, the message was mostly the same.

    Lt. Thomas McGoff of Engine Co. 217 in Brooklyn said he went to the burning towers with five firefighters, two of whom died. He said he wants to see "their names on that wall with FDNY Engine 217."

    His words were drowned out by applause.

    Few in the crowd of about 400 spoke out against the firefighters' plea. One who did so was Julie Boryczewski, whose brother worked at Cantor Fitzgerald in 1 World Trade Center. "Once separations are made, integrity is lost within the whole," she said. "There is only room for truth at this site. There is no room for ego."

    Ten of 13 memorial jurors appointed by the LMDC attended the forum. The jury is expected to select a design this fall from a worldwide competition.

    Originally published on May 29, 2003


    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/stor...3p-79876c.html



    Firefighters rally in Tribeca yesterday to support a special 9/11 memorial.

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    Their Persistence of Memory

    Their Persistence of Memory

    Firefighters insist WTC memorial list uniform affiliations

    By Katia Hetter
    STAFF WRITER

    May 29, 2003

    Hundreds of firefighters and their relatives packed a public hearing last night in Manhattan to demand special recognition for firefighters and other uniformed personnel in any World Trade Center site memorial.

    Their pleas for listing the affiliation of each of the more than 400 uniformed services members who died on Sept. 11 dominated the hearing at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

    "These men willingly gave their lives," said Chris Ganci, who lost his firefighter father, Chief of Department Pete Ganci. "If it weren't for them, you'd need twice as much space for a memorial, because there would be twice as many victims."

    Organized by retired Fire Department Lt. John Finucane, the firefighters say they are responding to the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.'s requirement that all Sept. 11 victims be treated equally.

    More than 100 firefighters gathered in the pouring rain along West Street before the hearing - wearing their bunker gear and carrying signs reading "Pataki forgot" to lobby for recognition of their comrades' sacrifice.

    "It's just right that they stay together," said firefighter Dan McCarvill. "They went in together, and we want history to reflect what happened."

    The LMDC's memorial competition rules do not prohibit memorial designers from including a victim's job, rank or any other information.

    Of the 2,792 people who died at the Twin Towers, 343 were New York City firefighters. The Port Authority lost 37 personnel, while the New York Police Department lost 23 people. Eight emergency medical service workers also died that day.

    Other attendees asked the memorial jury, which includes Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin, to choose a plan that reconnects the neighborhood through the site, provides a special place for children to mourn and accommodates the millions of tourists expected to visit the site.

    The LMDC's public outreach effort should be commended, said Ric Bell, executive director of the American Institute of Architects New York chapter, saying he knew of no other memorial competition with such a public participation component.

    "This is exactly why we held this forum - so the jury can have the benefit of knowing the public's hopes and aspirations," said LMDC chief operating officer Matt Higgins.

    Anyone 18 or older who wants to enter the memorial competition must register today by 5 p.m. local time at www.WTCSiteMemorial.org or fax a written request for registration materials to 800-717-5699.

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