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Saturday, 19 January, 2002, 16:26 GMT
NY firefighter memorial scrapped

The New York Fire Department has withdrawn plans for a statue in memory of firefighters who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

The bronze statue was to have been based on a photograph of three white firemen raising an American flag in the ruins of the Twin Towers.

In the planned memorial, the men would have been depicted as white, black and Hispanic.

The New Jersey media company which owns the photograph objected to the proposed alteration.

The New York Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said new ideas for a memorial would now be considered.

A total of 343 firefighters died in the September 11 attacks; 12 were black and 12 hispanic.

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