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Thread: Reopening of E10/L10

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    Facing Ground Zero Again

    Facing Ground Zero Again
    By DAVID W. DUNLAP

    Published: October 17, 2003

    Everyone in the Fire Department lost incalculably on Sept. 11, 2001. The men of Engine Company 10 and Ladder Company 10 lost one thing more: their home.

    Astonishingly, the plain brick box known as 10 House was not destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center across Liberty Street. But the building was damaged enough to need rehabilitation. And that has taken some time.

    The companies were once the first due at any alarm that sounded in the trade center and were so closely identified with it that their patches show a colossal firefighter astride the twin towers. They are now across town from one another, each about a dozen blocks from their old house. Engine 10 shares quarters at 100 Duane Street while Ladder 10 is at 42 South Street.

    It appears that a reunion is imminent, although a department spokesman, Jim Long, said yesterday that no date had been set for the reopening of the three-story firehouse at 124 Liberty Street.

    This week, workers from the department's building division were putting finishing touches on the house. They set up the long dining table on the first floor and assembled bunks in the second-floor dormitory, which has

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    Firehouse Across Street From WTC Reopens

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Published: November 6, 2003

    Filed at 11:29 a.m. ET

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The first firefighters to respond to the World Trade Center attack reopened their firehouse across the street and, in what one fire official called a sign of defiance, retained an old firehouse logo showing the twin towers burning.

    Engine 10-Ladder 10, located at 124 Liberty St., was reopened Wednesday after a $3.5 million renovation that put better air conditioning, better plumbing and a bigger kitchen in the 136-year-old fire station.

    Some had mixed feelings about returning.

    ``It would have been nice to have been on the west side,'' said firefighter Anthony Konczynski, glancing across the street at where the twin towers stood, ``so we wouldn't have to look at it.''

    But more than half the 40 firefighters at the station, known as ``Ten House,'' are no longer assigned there. Many transferred or were promoted, said firefighter John Morabito. Five were killed at the trade center on Sept 11, 2001.

    Morabito said he's glad to return.

    ``I think it's important for people to see what happened over here,'' he said. ``This is my home. No terrorist is going to chase me away from where I live.''

    The station still retains a logo from 1984, when the two companies began sharing space at Liberty Street. The artist depicted a brawny firefighter with a foot on top of each tower, above the slogan, ``First Due at the Big One.'' The towers in the picture are burning.

    Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said the decision to keep the logo is ``a sign of defiance.''

    ``You don't give in to terrorist activity,'' he said.

    The names of the five company firefighters killed at the trade center were painted on a fire engine. And a sixth was added, for James Corrigan, a retired Engine 10 captain who was working as a fire safety director in the trade center on Sept. 11, 2001, and was killed.

    Following the collapse of the twin towers, tons of debris fell on Ten House, blowing out windows and doors, flooding the building with 3 feet of debris and destroying the ventilation system.

    The two lower Manhattan fire companies were sharing space with other firehouses while theirs was being renovated. The companies are responsible for the trade center, City Hall, the Statue of Liberty and Wall Street firms.

    ``We've been here since every one of these skyscrapers came up,'' said Engine 10 Capt. Thomas Meara. ``We're glad to once again be protecting life on Liberty Street.''

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