Jack Toale and Jerry Bresnan,
FDNY Retirees of San Diego, California stand beside a piece of WTC Ground Zero
steel crafted into a Maltese Cross with steel from Tower #1. Written upon the
face of the cross are the numbers "5-5-5-5" in the center, surrounded by the
words "World Trade Center", "Sept 11, 2001".
The significance of the cross: "When a firefighter makes the ultimate sacrifice
in the line of duty an alarm goes out, Signal 5-5-5-5,five rings in a series
of four. Now our Brothers & Sisters have completed their task, their duties well
done, the bell rings 20 times in memory of and tribute to their life and
This cross was donated by Jack Toale, President of the 18th Division of FDNY
Retirees. It will be presented to the City of NY
on Sept 11, 2006 when the World Memorial and Release of
Souls makes it's final appearance at the World Trade Center area.