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September 11 News.com - FDNY Firefighter Images - Photos and images of New York Fire Department firefighters after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center towers in NYC.
President George W. Bush with FDNY firefighter Bob Beck on September 14 at WTC site.
September 14, 2001
Bush and Bob Beck
Images of New York City Firefighters
After the September 11, 2001
Attacks on the World Trade Center.

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FDNY firefighters emblem.
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FDNY
FDNY Firefighter Images - September 11, 2001 - World Trade Center
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 11, 2001 photo of the FDNY firemen at the WTC for a larger image.
September 11,2001
New York firefighter
carried from WTC.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 11, 2001 photo of the FDNY firemen at the WTC for a larger image.
September 11,2001
Injured NYC firefighter
rescued by comrades.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 11, 2001 photo of the FDNY firemen at the WTC for a larger image.
September 11,2001
Fireman Kehoe up
Tower One stairs.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 11, 2001 photo of the FDNY firemen at the WTC for a larger image.
September 11,2001
FDNY firefighter has
a drink from hydrant.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 11, 2001 photo of the FDNY firemen at the WTC for a larger image.
September 11,2001
FDNY firefighters
search for survivors.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 11, 2001 photo of the FDNY firemen at the WTC for a larger image.
September 11,2001
FDNY rescuers
pause for a rest.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 11, 2001 photo of the FDNY firemen at the WTC for a larger image.
September 11,2001
FDNY searches
through WTC fires.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 11, 2001 photo of the FDNY firemen at the WTC for a larger image.
September 11,2001
FDNY firefighters
climb  WTC rubble.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 11, 2001 photo of the FDNY firemen at the WTC for a larger image.
September 11,2001
FDNY  has  hundreds
of casualties.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 11, 2001 photo of the FDNY firemen at the WTC for a larger image.
September 11,2001
FDNY firefighters
search for survivors.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 11, 2001 photo of the FDNY firemen at the WTC for a larger image.
September 11,2001
FDNY firefighters
hose  WTC fires.
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September 11,2001
FDNY firefighters
after a grueling shift.
Three FDNY Firefighters Raise the American
Flag in the World Trade Center Rubble.
Photographed by Thomas E. Franklin
on September 11, 2001.

Photograph 2001 The Record (Bergen County, N.J.).
Photo Credit: Thomas E. Franklin, Staff Photographer
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FDNY - Ground Zero Spirit
Original Front Page Photograph
The Record (New Jersey)/Sept. 11/01
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The Record (North Jersey), and
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Thomas E. Franklin Photograph of FDNY Firefighters Raising the American Flag
as Reported by The Record (North Jersey) at NorthJersey.com

2001 The Record (Bergen County, N.J.).

Sept. 11, 2001 -- the end of the world as we knew it.

But in the chaos and rubble where the World Trade Center no longer stood, Record photographer Thomas E.
Franklin captured an unforgettable image of hope -- three firefighters raising the American flag.

Standing defiantly against the gray and white landscape of devastation, these dust-covered men and the vivid
red, white, and blue of Old Glory instantly became a symbol of American patriotism. Franklin's photo of these
three heroic rescuers also became a global message that life, and America, would go on.

The photo, which appeared Sept. 12 in The Record, has since graced the pages of many other newspapers
as well as national newsmagazines. Network television has repeatedly displayed the photo during its
round-the-clock disaster coverage, comparing it to the famous image of Marines raising the flag on Iwo
Jima during World War II.

Franklin, an eight-year veteran of The Record, took the photo late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, after
spending hours at the scene. He was walking toward the debris of the World Trade Center when he spotted
the firefighters.

"The shot immediately felt important to me," Franklin said. "It said something to me about the strength of
the American people and about the courage of all the firefighters who, in the face of this horrible disaster, had
a job to do in battling the unimaginable."

2001 The Record (Bergen County, N.J.)
The Thomas E. Franklin 9/11 Firefighter Photograph
is Honored and Remembered Across America

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August 15, 2002
Thomas E. Franklin
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September 11,2001
Photographer
Thomas E. Franklin
moments before
taking flag photo. 
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December 21,2001
Model of sculpture
entitled 'Flag Raising
at Ground Zero' to be
cast in bronze with a
granite base.
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September 11,2001
Photo was taken
by photographer
Thomas E. Franklin
of The Record
(North Jersey).
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December 21,2001
When complete the
18-foot-high statue
will stand outside NY
Fire Department HQ
in Brooklyn.
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March 11, 2002
FDNY firefighters,
President Bush,
and Thomas Franklin
at White House.
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December 18,2001
New Orleans prison
wall & Franklin photo.
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June 7, 2002
U.S. Postal Service
"Heroes of 2001".
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September 2, 2002
Firemen from Franklin
photo and Governor
Pataki at Madame
Tussaud Wax
Museum Ceremony
in New York
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September 2, 2002
Franklin photo
at NY wax museum.
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September 2, 2002
Ground Zero
firemen honored.
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September 2, 2002
Franklin photo in
the background.
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September 2, 2002
Franklin Photo
Honored at Tussaud
Museum in tribute
called: Hope
Humanity, and
Heroism.
Ground Zero Firefighters
on the Front Cover of Newsweek's
Special Commemorative Edition
America A Year After

The New York firefighters George
Johnson, left, Dan McWilliams, center,
and Bill Eisengrein, right, are seen on
 the cover of the September 11, 2002,
commemorative issue of Newsweek.
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September 2002
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September  2001
The three Ground Zero FDNY
firefighters were reunited in
lower Manhattan, August 30
2002, to have their photograph
taken by Thomas E. Franklin.
The new photo appeared
September 2, 2002, on The
Record (North Jersey) front
page and on the front cover of
the September 11, 2002 issue of
Newsweek magazine.

The Story of the Three Firefighters Who Raised the American Flag -
As Reported on September 14, 2001 by The Record (North Jersey).
2001 North Jersey Media Group Inc.

Flag raising was 'shot in the arm'

By JEANNINE CLEGG
The Record Staff Writer

World Trade Center Building Seven was about to collapse on Tuesday.

Firefighters from Engine 255 and Ladder 157 in Brooklyn had been digging in the rubble for survivors for
six grueling hours, when they got the call to immediately evacuate.

Firefighter Dan McWilliams from Ladder 157 headed out with the rest of his crew. It was then that the
35-year-old firefighter spotted a flag flying from a yacht docked behind the World Financial Center. He made
his way to the boat, rolled the flag up around its pole to be sure it didn't touch the ground, and carried the
pole back to the evacuation area.

As McWilliams passed his buddy and fellow 157 firefighter George Johnson, he slapped him on the shoulder.
"Gimme a hand, will ya, George?"

"I knew exactly what he was doing," Johnson, 36, said.

Then Billy Eisengrein of Rescue 2, another Brooklyn fire company, and McWilliams' childhood friend from
Staten Island, jumped in, "You need a hand?"

The three firefighters quickly found a perfect spot -- a single flagpole anchored in the rubble about 20 feet off
the ground on West Street.

They climbed a makeshift ramp so they could easily raise the flag in its new home. It was at that moment
that Record photographer Thomas E. Franklin spotted the three from a distance.

Only two days had passed since that moment. The World Trade Center death and chaos were still fresh in
the minds of McWilliams and Johnson as they sat in the noisy kitchen in the Flatbush firehouse recalling how
the three firefighter friends -- Johnson from Rockaway Beach, McWilliams from Long Island, and Eisengrein
from Staten Island -- acted as one.

"A big part of this is maintaining the unity of the whole team," McWilliams said.

His eyes filled with tears as he remembered the hellish day New York's firefighters experienced right after
the Twin Towers' collapse, and their lack of progress in finding survivors.

"Everybody just needed a shot in the arm," he said, pausing to regain his composure.

The photo was the shot seen round the world. It has run on many American newspaper front pages, including
the New York Post, the Baltimore Sun, and Providence Journal, and has been shown on network television.

McWilliams and Johnson said they didn't raise the flag to solicit personal attention. They didn't expect to get
any phone calls or comments from friends and family. They were unaware they were being photographed. It
was a spur-of-the-moment decision that started with McWilliams.

Though few firefighters remained in the evacuation area at that moment, Johnson said he recalls hearing
comments after the flag went up.

"A few guys yelled out 'good job' and 'way to go.' "

And although he hadn't given the hoisting much thought, McWilliams remembered, "Every pair of eyes that
saw that flag got a little brighter."

2001 North Jersey Media Group Inc.

FDNY Firefighter Images - September 2001
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
September 13, 2001
New Yorkers applaud
New York firefighters.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
September 22, 2001
Funerals for  FDNY
victims go on almost
daily in the weeks
following the attacks.
The widow of Dennis
Cross is consoled by
FDNY firefighters.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
September 22, 2001
FDNY Funeral
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 23, 2001 NY Times featured page for a larger image.
September 23, 2001
The New York Times
Honoring the Rescuers
of the World Trade
Center disaster.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
September 27, 2001
WTC Prayers
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the September 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
September 22, 2001
FDNY Funeral
Dennis Cross
FDNY Firefighter Images - October 2001
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the October 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
October 2, 2001
Firefighters continue
hosing down fires.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the October 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
October 4, 2001
WTC cross is
blessed by priest.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the October 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
October 11, 2001
Firefighters lost in
smoke of the WTC.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the October 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
October 28, 2001
'Ground Zero'
memorial service.
FDNY Firefighter Images - November 2001
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November 12, 2001
AA Flight 587 jet in
residential NYC.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the November 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
November 12, 2001
Flight 587 crashes
in NYC suburb.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the November 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
November 12, 2001
Firefighters quickly
put airliner fire out.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the November 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
November 30, 2001
Israeli PM Sharon
signs WTC memorial.
FDNY Firefighter Images - December 2001
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December 7, 2001
Christmas tree at
WTC Ground Zero.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the December 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
December 11, 2001
Memorial service at
Ground Zero - three
months after 9/11.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the December 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
December 19, 2001
Firefighter goes to
re-opened Liberty
Island by ferry.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the December 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
December 21, 2001
FDNY firefighter
and U.S. Marine at
Bagram Airport in
Afghanistan.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the December 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
December 18, 2001
Fire at St. John the
Divine Cathedral.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the December 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
December 18, 2001
FDNY climb to ledge
on NYC cathedral.
FDNY 9/11 Firefighters - Click on the December 2001 photos of the FDNY firemen for a larger image.
December 18, 2001
The largest cathedral
in the U.S. is saved.
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December 18, 2001
FDNY fireman in the
damaged cathedral.
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the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on airline flights 11, 175, 77, & 93.
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other NYC EMS will never be forgotten. History will remember  9/11/2001.
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