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New York's Finest

An embattled police department responded to the catastrophe at the World Trade Center with displays of uncommon courage.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Don Johnson, Mar/Apr 02

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New York City rallied to the side of its police force. Ordinary Joes lugged water. Volunteers passed out sandwiches to grimy rescue workers. Hotels opened their doors for a clean bed and a fresh shower. Restaurateurs brought in steaming pots of soup.

"People came from all over this world to help," says Burke. "There were a lot of heroes that day."

Wilson welcomes the change, but worries if it will last. "I'm a staunch Republican, a flag waver," he says. "Now it took this for everyone to get their flags out. It's a shame that it came to this to bring the country together. I just hope people don't forget two years down the line when we're still fighting this thing."

Photo by A. Perry Heller

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