At Firefighter's Funeral, Mayor Says 9/11 Memorial Should Identify Rescuers

Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians who died on Sept. 11, 2001, should be individually identified as rescue workers in any memorial built at ground zero, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said yesterday during a funeral service for the youngest firefighter killed in the attack.

The mayor's remarks, which were greeted with applause by several hundred firefighters and the family of Firefighter Michael Cammarata, placed Mr. Bloomberg in the middle of what has become an impassioned debate over whether all of the 2,792 victims of the World Trade Center attack should be recognized equally, or some special attention should be paid to the hundreds of uniformed workers who died only because they were trying to save others.

Mr. Bloomberg did not call for a separate memorial for rescue personnel, as Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta has advocated. But he did say that when firefighters' names or images are incorporated into the memorial, regardless of its specific design, anyone who visits the site should "be able to read their names, know what they did, appreciate their heroism, be inspired by their sacrifice and ensure they are designated as role models for the next generation who will protect us all."

The funeral yesterday, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic church on Staten Island, was the first in many months for a firefighter. Yet the rawness of the emotions on display