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Families call on NYC Mayor to oversee retrieval of remains

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:21 pm    Post subject: Families call on NYC Mayor to oversee retrieval of remains
From Sat Apr 08, 2006 3:00 am to Thu Apr 13, 2006 2:59 am (included)
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April 8, 2006


Diane Horning, WTC Families for Proper Burial

(908) 654-5244

Rosaleen Tallon, Advocates for 9/11 Fallen Heroes

(914) 714-5515

Sally Regenhard, Skyscraper Safety Campaign,

9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims


Dennis McKeon, Where-To-Turn

(718) 619-2371

Jim McCaffrey, A-9/11 Advocates


9/11 Families call on NYC Mayor's Office

To oversee retrieval of human remains at Ground Zero and Surrounding Areas

Cite LMDC's inappropriate use of workers to do job

of Medical Examiner's Office

Based on recent findings of an astonishing 74 human remains at the Deutsche Bank building by construction workers on April 1, 2006, and a significant delay in announcing these findings by the LMDC on April 5, representatives from five 9/11 Family Groups are calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to intervene in the process of retrieval of human remains by the LMDC at 130 Liberty Street. The families of 9/11 victims, both uniformed and civilian, are shocked and appalled by these delayed announcements. They are calling on the Mayor to place a team from the Medical Examiner's Office on the site to search for the anticipated significant number of additional remains expected to be found there.

In addition, we urge the Mayor, in taking take control of this situation, to expand the search to the surrounding buildings in the area.

In a statement to a select few family members, the LMDC wrote, “Because of the thorough cleaning and abatement techniques that are required for this job, findings such as these are not unanticipated." The anticipation of additional remains was echoed by a representative from the Office of the New York City Medical Examiner, Ellen Borakov: "This is the largest find from the Deutsche Bank, and I would not be surprised if additional quantities of remains are found there."

In terms of expertise, caring and honesty, the Office of the New York City Medical Examiner has proved its integrity. The families, who suffered such horrid losses on September 11, 2001, have come to trust this department and to honor their dedication to careful, thorough and experienced investigation. While we have no objection to the presence of FDNY and NYPD personnel, and even welcome these additional "eyes," we ask that the trained personnel from the Medical Examiner's office be given jurisdiction over this crime scene investigation.

The LMDC must be reminded that this is a crime scene where 2, 749 persons were murdered, 42% of whom remain missing. As in any other crime scene investigation, trained medical experts from the NYC Medical Examiner's Office are needed to conduct and oversee the continuing search for human remains at the 130 Liberty Street site. While Firefighters and Police may serve in an honorary function, the sacred & scientific retrieval of the human remains of WTC victims must be squarely in the hands of seasoned professionals of the NYC Medical Examiner's Office.

Economic considerations and expediency cannot substitute for the dignity and professionalism that the victims of 9/11 and their families deserve.
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