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    Remains of One of New York's Bravest Identified from 9/11

    Remains of One of New York's Bravest Identified from 9/11

    Updated: 06-09-2005




    Courtesy of WABC News - New York



    (New York-WABC, June 9, 2005) -- The remains of a firefighter killed on September 11th have been identified by the Medical Examiner's Office, and a funeral will be held on Saturday.

    Fire officials tell Eyewitness News, Firefighter Keithroy Maynard was one of seven members of Engine Company 33 in Manhattan to be killed on September 11th. His remains were recently positively identified by the Medical Examiners Office through DNA testing.

    A funeral service will be held for Maynard on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Master, 86 Morningside Avenue.

    The son of an FDNY captain who served 33 years, Maynard was born on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and moved to the U.S. in 1986.

    After attending Wingate High School in Queens and the Borough of Manhattan Community College, he became a union organizer for the International Association of Machinists in 1997.

    While his brother joined the Police Department, Maynard joined the FDNY in August 1999.

    Lt. Paul Washington, president of the Vulcan Society, an association of black FDNY members, said Maynard was an outstanding firefighter who wanted his job.

    Lt. Paul Washington, President of the Vulcan Society: "He was two years on the job and he told me he was going to boot me out as president. He said I could still call him Keith if no one else was around."
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    Closure for Loved Ones of FDNY Bravest Whose Remains Were Found After 9/11 Attacks

    Closure for Loved Ones of FDNY Bravest Whose Remains Were Found After 9/11 Attacks



    Updated: 06-10-2005 11:16:55 AM


    LEONARD GREENE and DAN KADISON
    Courtesy of New York Post


    June 10, 2005 -- Maynard will get a hero's burial tomorrow, almost four years after he gave his life in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

    Maynard, 30, had been a firefighter for two years when he and six other members of Engine Co. 33 died at the World Trade Center.

    His family held an emotional memorial service for him in November 2001 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and his son, Keithroy Maynard II, then 6, wearing his dad's fire helmet, spoke of his love for his "hero" father.

    "That wasn't closure for me," said Maynard's twin brother, Kevin, 33. "There was no casket or remains. This brings closure."

    Keithroy Marcellus Maynard's remains were identified in 2003, but relatives weren't "ready to say goodbye," according to an FDNY source. They didn't want to bury the fallen hero in case other remains were found - but they made up their mind to have a funeral after the Medical Examiner's Office wrote to 9/11 families saying it was halting identification efforts.

    "We decided to have a Fire Department funeral," said Kevin Maynard. "The guys at the firehouse felt he deserved a department funeral."

    Family, friends and firefighters will attend Keithroy's Manhattan funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Master on Morningside Avenue.

    "We hope he gets a big turnout and gets buried with the type of honor he deserves," said Paul Washington, president of the Vulcan Society, an organization of black firefighters to which Keithroy Maynard belonged.

    Many 9/11 families have asked the Medical Examiner's Office to hold on to their loved ones' remains until they can decide whether to bury them or wait to see if more remains are identified, said spokeswoman Ellen Borakove.

    The agency is storing the remains - 9,194 unidentified out of 19,963 recovered - and will one day transfer them downtown, where they will become part of the permanent 9/11 memorial, Borakove said.

    Since 9/11, the medical examiner has identified 1,591 people of the 2,749 killed - using DNA, dental records, X-rays and photographs.

    Kevin - who moved to Houston and became a firefighter to honor his brother - says coming back to the city is a tough task.

    "There's a feeling of emptiness," he said. "But it's part of life, I guess.

    "I didn't want to be a firefighter at first," he said. "But when he died, I decided to do it and kind of finish out his career.

    "It's not a decision that I regret."

    Keithroy, who was born in Montserrat in the Caribbean and was a resident of East Flatbush, Brooklyn, was the youngest member of the executive board of the Vulcan Society. He served some time with Engine Co. 220 in Brooklyn.

    He was also survived by his mother, Pearl, along with several brothers and sisters, according to the FDNY. His distant cousin, Army Staff Sgt. Maudlyn White, was killed on 9/11 during the Pentagon attack.

    Kevin said Pearl is "doing a lot better because it's been a while," but "when I went with her to see the casket, it brought back a lot of reality. For me, it started all over again. But I know it's for the best."

    Friends and family say Maynard will be remembered for his big laugh and his immense heart.

    "Keithroy was a great guy. He was a fun-loving kind of guy, but he was serious at the same time," said Washington.

    Washington said Keithroy, the group's former sergeant-at-arms, was a Continental Airlines mechanic before following his father into the FDNY.

    Maynard's father, Reynold White, was an FDNY captain. Maynard "was proud of Montserrat, his West Indian heritage," said Washington. "He was proud of his family."

    One mourner who will attend is Malik Maynard, the 11-year-old son of the hero's brother Vernon.

    "He was nice to me. He always used to do stuff with me," said Malik, who always carries his uncle's picture in his front pocket.

    "He used to take me to the firehouse . . . and let me slide down the pole."

    Malik, who is considering becoming a firefighter, called his uncle a "role model" and remembered how the "strong" and "powerful" man was "the most popular guy in the firehouse."

    An Engine 33 firefighter said Keithroy's family stops by the Great Jones Street station house often - especially on Keithroy's birthday and Christmas.

    "I'm going [to the funeral] out of respect to the family. The whole house is going," said a firefighter standing near a plaque dedicated to the memory of the Engine Co. 33 firefighters who died on 9/11 and the three others from Ladder 9 who died that day.

    * A House panel voted yesterday to take back $125 million in unspent Sept. 11 aid to New York, a plan that has lawmakers from the state scrambling to hold on to those funds and $44 million more suddenly at risk.

    A House Appropriations subcommittee approved on a voice vote a much-larger spending bill that retrieves $125 million originally destined for post-Sept. 11 worker's compensation claims.

    * The FBI missed at least five opportunities before the 9/11 attacks to uncover information about the terrorists, the Justice Department's inspector general wrote in a report released yesterday.

    Inspector General Glenn Fine blamed the FBI for not knowing about the presence of two of the terrorists and for not following up on an agent's theory that Osama bin Laden was sending them to flight schools.

    Fine called the intelligence lapse a "significant failure."

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    KEITHROY MAYNARD

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    Firefighter Mourned four years after 911


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    Bitter and Sweet

    Looking over the photo and reading the text was difficult and at the same time needed in the context of remembrance. To hear the personal story of a man who in his prime was struck down and taken up is.......heartwrenching. At the same time.....we take this time to remember all of the fallen of the 911 attacks we too, personalize the memory of those who have shown the world with the light of thier lives given, that all is not hopeless nor selfish nor wanting in the good and the love that is there for our community and our country. We stand mute and honored in the presence of so many and we are given the example of love, courage, commitment, dedication, truth, duty and valor so that we may stand firm in our beleif that today is a better day because others did not walk nor run nor leave nor abondon their responsibility. Ours now is the duty and the responsibility to carry on the memory of those gone......and to take that message of who they were from here, into the future generations of firefighters and their families. The strength of New York Firefighters killed on 911 has been transferred into the nations firefighters. That their lives were tempered in such a holocast with their souls drossed into that fire and firmament to live beyond is proof that evil will never overcome good in this world. God speed to the heavens above.......
    Shannon H. Pennington
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    North American Fire Fighter Veterans Network

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