Issue 10 and Volume 154.

The staff of Fire Engineering dedicates this special coverage to members of FDNY lost or missing in the World Trade Center disaster, in memory of their supreme courage and self-sacrifice. Fire Engineering will dedicate continuing coverage of this tragic event, culminating in a full-scale and detailed analysis and report as information becomes available. OUR MOST TRAGIC DAY: INITIAL REPORT BY BILL MANNING Photo: Ron Jeffers Click here to enlarge image It was the most tragic, horrific day in the 250-year history of the American fire service. Never before have so many firefighters fallen in one event. At 0845 hours on September 11, 2001, the first of four hijacked planes, American Airlines Flight 11, carrying 92 passengers and crew members, slammed into Tower 1 (North Tower) of the World Trade Center, a symbol of American freedom and capitalism. The Fire Department of New York immediately dispatched a five-alarm assignment, bringing more…

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