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About the Image: At 8 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001 Keith Roma began his shift as a fire patrolman with Fire Patrol 2 in Greenwich Village. In less than an hour, the beauty of a warm and sunny day would be forever shattered; Mr. Roma's unit was dispatched right after the first of two hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center.
A free-lance photographer, John Labriola, snapped a picture of the Roma and Sergeant John Sheehan escorting terrified evacuees down the escalator and through the lobby to safety. Sheehan later testified that Roma made at least three more trips back into Tower 1, at one point rescuing a barefoot woman by carrying her through the glass-strewn remnants of the building's entryway.
Roma was last seen on the mezzanine level of Tower 1, by the command post. He was the only member of his 18-person unit who did not return.
Roma was an avid sports fan who loved to watch Yankee and Rangers games.
He was known to his patrol unit as a man who could be depended on when the job got dangerous as he proved on 9/11.
A civilian ran past a group of people assisting a very heavy female to safety; with that group was a fire patrolman, Roma. That group never made it to safety.
Romas body was found in the rear of World Trade Center Tower 1 along with 9 civilians he was leading to safety. According to his supervisor, this was Keith's fourth trip out with civilians, each time returning to the rescue operation.