- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 12, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) — A 30-year-old firefighter who rushed to the World Trade Center on September 11 was memorialized yesterday at a Manhattan church in one of the last funerals for the 343 firefighters killed that day.

Hundreds of uniformed firefighters watched as an engine draped in black and purple bunting carried Keithroy M. Maynard’s remains to the Church of the Master. A pipe and drum corps played “Amazing Grace.”

As other relatives of September 11 victims had done, Mr. Maynard’s family held a memorial service two months after the attacks, but a few years passed before his family felt that enough of his remains had been identified to hold a formal funeral, officials said.

The ceremony yesterday was the first funeral since 2003 for a firefighter killed at the World Trade Center. It was prompted, in part, by a decision by city forensic investigators in February to end their efforts to identify remains collected from the Twin Towers rubble. More than 1,100 victims remain unidentified, but officials concluded they had exhausted all current DNA technology.

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