March honors Father Judge

Hundreds of rescue workers and civilians marched from midtown to Ground Zero yesterday to honor the Rev. Mychal Judge, the beloved FDNY chaplain who died ministering to victims of the World Trade Center attack.

"With all the terror, all the chaos, Father Mychal still had the presence of mind to keep praying," said paralyzed NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, a close friend of Judge's who led the second annual procession down Seventh Ave. "I don't want anybody to forget him."

The 3-mile march of remembrance - dedicated to those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 - retraced the route Judge took on his fatal trip to the twin towers.

The march began around 10a.m. at Judge's old firehouse, Ladder 1/Engine 24 on W. 31st. St., and included stops for prayer and song at several firehouses and police stations along the route.

Marchers carried photos of Judge and T-shirts emblazoned with the names of lost loved ones. The march ended with a multifaith prayer service at Vesey and Church Sts.