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    Co. 118's Heroic Last Run

    Daily News - Online Edition
    From: News and Views | City Beat |

    Wednesday, January 09, 2002

    Co. 118's Heroic Last Run
    Doomed crew saved hundreds at hotel

    By MICHELE McPHEE
    Daily News Staff Writer

    Elevator mechanic Bobby Graff worked frantically to save the lives of others at the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel on Sept. 11, and he remembers who saved his: "Tall firefighters with the numbers 118 on their helmets."

    Along with 920 guests and scores of employees, Graff made it out of the hotel after the terrorist attacks. Many of them were ushered to safety by men working aboard Ladder 118, which had raced to the scene from Brooklyn Heights.

    But the firefighters from the Ladder 118/Engine 205 "Fire Under the Bridge" house weren't as fortunate.

    "I knew those were the guys that were saving everyone

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    Bravest Died Together & Buried Together

    Wednesday January 16 03:03 AM EST

    Bravest Died Together & Buried Together

    By MICHELE McPHEE

    The men of Ladder 118 died side by side

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    Ladder 118's Final Run 'Into the Gates of Hell'

    Ladder 118's Final Run 'Into the Gates of Hell'

    Six from firehouse lost in Trade Center disaster

    By MICHELE McPHEE
    Daily News Staff Writer

    When the bell resonated through the Brooklyn Heights firehouse

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    B'klyn Bravest Found at WTC

    B'klyn Bravest Found at WTC
    3 from Ladder 118 in rubble of hotel

    By GREG WILSON, MICHELE MCPHEE and GREG GITTRICH
    Daily News Staff Writers

    The firefighters of Ladder 118 died side by side.

    Lt. Robert Regan and Firefighters Joseph Agnello and Peter Vega were found together on New Year's Day, more than three months after their last tragic run together Sept. 11.

    Their final journey was photographed from a nearby Brooklyn roof, the picture capturing the tiller truck crossing the Brooklyn Bridge "into the gates of hell," as a priest from a nearby church had put it.

    Six men were aboard the truck from Brooklyn Heights. Scott Davidson, the driver, was found weeks ago. Everyone else was missing until the first few hours of 2002.

    They were pulled from the buried lobby of the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel, where many had sought refuge when the towers fell, Fire Department sources said.

    Recovery workers believe Regan, Agnello and Vega died together in the hotel lobby, near four other firefighters and three civilians whose bodies also were recovered Tuesday.

    They refused to leave one another, and they would not abandon civilians in the suffocating smoke as the towers crumbled.

    "That's what he would be doing. That sounds like him," Agnello's wife, Vinnie Carla, said yesterday.

    Regan's wife, Donna, has prayed daily that her husband would be found alongside his men.

    "The biggest honor for him is that he was found with his guys," she said yesterday. "Bobby loved those guys. He never would have went anywhere without them."

    Firehouse Lost 8

    Eight firefighters from the Ladder 118/Engine 205 firehouse on Middagh St. died Sept. 11. Of the six aboard Ladder 118's tiller truck, two remain missing

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    LADDER 118 FDNY ENGINE 205

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    No replacing 6 who went down together

    No replacing 6 who went down together

    Those left behind know men of Ladder 118 were side by side

    By MICHELE McPHEE
    DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU CHIEF

    Just before his last run Dec. 1, 1984, firefighter Philip D'Adamo flipped the clock in Ladder Co. 118's kitchen upside down in the type of prank that had become his calling card.
    He never had a chance to right it.

    That clock

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    Back to Pit of rage

    Back to Pit of rage

    Anguish of Ladder Company 118

    By MICHELE MCPHEE
    DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU CHIEF

    The men of Ladder 118/Engine 205 stood in The Pit at Ground Zero under steel beams that once supported the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel - now a gravesite for their brothers.

    Firefighter Richie Murray's eyes welled with tears of fury as the wind whipped up a sandstorm around them.

    "This makes me angry," Murray said as he wiped grit from his face, much like he did a year ago when his company lost eight firefighters. "I'm thinking of bad things down here. If I had my way, I would never set foot on this place again."

    At 8 a.m., firefighters from the "Fire Under the Bridge" company and family members of the lost gathered in front of the Brooklyn Heights firehouse to make the solemn trip.

    As they marched 150 strong toward the subway near the Brooklyn Bridge, no one could help but look at the span and picture Ladder 118's rig racing over it toward the burning twin towers - an image captured by a photographer and immortalized on the front page of the Daily News last Oct. 5.

    All six men aboard the truck were lost. Two other men from the firehouse also were killed.

    Yesterday's pilgrimage to Ground Zero was felt most acutely by the firefighters from the house who survived that morning.

    "I should have been killed, and to relive my steps from that day. ..." Firefighter Tim Julian said, his voice trailing off. "I don't want to remember it."

    It was hard not to recall every ugly detail of that day, though, as the firefighters stood in a seven-story hole while the names of the dead were recited.

    Hopes dimmed

    It was there that firefighters digging through the rubble found Capt. Marty Egan - who had been working at FDNY headquarters on Sept. 11 - the morning after the attack.

    "Marty was the first guy we recovered, and he was one of the best fire officers on the job," said Engine 205 firefighter, John Sorrentino. "When we found out he didn't make it, it dimmed our hopes that anyone else did."

    It was in that hole they also found the bodies of Scott (the Dog) Davidson, Vernon (Mo) Cherry, Joey (Bells) Agnello, Pete (Big Head) Vega and Lt. Robert (Dizzy Dean) Regan.

    The remains of the rig's driver, Leon (Express) Smith, and Engine 205's former officer, Lt. Robert Wallace, have never been recovered.

    Smith's mother, Marilyn Smith, stood at the site yesterday, pleading with God to bring her son home. His family and firefighters held hands, formed a circle and prayed for his soul.

    "It's Leon," Marilyn said, as the wind nearly knocked her to the ground. "I can feel him."

    Later, the company returned to the firehouse where Gov. Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta were waiting to shake their hands.

    The Rev. Michael Carrano, the pastor at Assumption Church around the corner from the firehouse, was among the men the politicians thanked. Last year, he had stared at the photograph of Ladder 118 on its last run and said, "Those guys were driving straight into the gates of Hell."

    Yesterday, as the eight widows and 33 children who lost their heroes ate lunch together, Carrano had a different take on the anniversary.

    "Now we are driving through the gates of hope," he said.


    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/sept...6p-17328c.html

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