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From: News and Views | City Beat |
Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Remains of 3 Found
At Ground Zero

Daily News Staff Writer

he remains of three people were found yesterday at Ground Zero by workers clearing an area where a new crane could be set up to remove steel from the collapsed 1 World Trade Center.

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Firefighters doff their helmets as colleagues carry flag-draped remains at Ground Zero yesterday.

The bodies two of which were believed to be those of firefighters were pulled from rubble driven deep underground along the edge of the north tower's footprint.

The area was once a VIP driveway that allowed cars to pull off West St. and drop passengers at the tower's western door.

Fire Department spokesman Robert Calise said the remains could not be identified immediately.

Since Saturday, laborers have been cutting into the cliff of debris near the north tower so another crane could be assembled, officials said.

The crane would be used to lift structural steel that fell from the north tower onto 6 World Trade Center.

Steel May Be Cut Up

But Mary Costello, a spokeswoman for Bovis Lend Lease, which is managing the cleanup work for the city, said it is possible the steel beams could be cut into manageable pieces and removed without the towering derrick.

In either case, the steel's removal would allow recovery workers to search for bodies in another section of the 16-acre site.

"There wasn't much fire in that area of Building 6, so we hope that whatever people were in there will still be in pretty good condition," said Port Authority Lt. John Ryan, commander of the recovery task force.

More Remains ID'd

No bodies were discovered yesterday around the south tower, where at least 76 people have been found this month.

Workers continued to explore that rubble field yesterday but already have dug below the lobby of the building where most of the victims had been found.

The remains of nearly 2,000 victims of the terrorist attacks have yet to be recovered or identified through DNA. Still, 21 more people were positively identified yesterday by the medical examiner.

They were: Alexander Chiang, Keith Fairben, Firefighter John Ginley, Port Authority Police Officer Walter McNeil, Firefighter Robert McPadden, Lynne Morris, Seth Morris, Martin Niederer, Todd Ouida and Firefighter Paul Pansini.

Also, Firefighter Glenn Perry, Port Authority employee Eugene Raggio, Port Authority Police Officer Bruce Reynolds, Port Authority employee Francis Riccardelli, Firefighter Paul Ruback, Antonio Salcedo, Jeff Simpson, David Suarez, David Sullins, state Court Officer William Thompson and William Wren.

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