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New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 25, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NYFD Tuesday January 25 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN A3 death toll since Sept 11 The Associated Press NEW YORK Three city firefighters were killed while responding to two separate apartment blazes the deadli est day for New York firefight ers since the 2001 attacks Two of the victims Lt Curtis Meyran and John Bellew were among six firefighters forced to jump from a fourthfloor window of a Bronx apartment build ing early Sunday as flames trapped them The four other men were severely injured When the fire from the third floor broke through to the fourth they were faced with a horrifying said Mayor Michael Bloomberg They jumped out a fourthfloor win dow knowing that they would be critically In a separate incident another firefighter was severely injured while searching for the origin of a fire at a Brooklyn home Rich ard Sclafani 37 was taken to a hospital where he later died officials said The three deaths were the most recent tragedy for the fire department which lost 343 members in the World Trade Center attack in 2001 Today is an immensely sad day in the history of the Uniformed Firefighters Association pres ident Steve Cassidy said in a statement Sadly these dual tragedies serve as a reminder to New York of the extreme dangers firefighters Meyrans widow Jeanette Meyran reached by tele The Associated Press New York City fire crews stand near the building where two firemen were killed and four others badly injured in a morning fire in the Bronx on Sunday The six firefighters jumped from a fourthfloor window phone said My husband was one who would put other peo ples safety before his She said her husband loved his job and his children ages 16 10 and 6 Were going to be lost without him for quite some she said Witnesses said it looked as though the Bronx firefighters were blown from the building One of the surviving firefight ers was in critical condition Monday and three were in serious condition Vanessa Whitehurst 47 was asleep in her apartment next to the burning building when she was awakened by the strong smell of smoke She got up to investigate and pulled back her window blinds to see firefighters fall ing from the apartment The fire pushed them out the Whitehurst said It was really devastating The fire was at such a high flame rhen other firefighters were coming down the fire escape like they were trying to get In Brooklyn firefighting colleagues their faces still blackened with soot from their blaze visited with Sclafanis family at the hos pital where he died Richard made the ultimate the mayor said This guy was somebody that everybody loved and Lawmakers resolve to finish war The Associated Press WASHINGTON Mem bers of Congress including many who have traveled to Iraq to see the war for them selves are wary about this weekends election there and pondering such questions as whether Iraqi soldiers can be trained quickly enough to bring troops home soon Still those lawmakers Democrats as well as Repub licans are resolved to finish the war despite mounting costs and casualties Whether you were for this or against this we have to try to sec this to a successful said Sen Evan Bayh a member of the Senate Armed Services Com mittee They see Sundays elec tion to choose a national Iraqi assembly as the crucial next step toward Iraqi sovereignty and the eventual withdrawal of the forces there They also are jittery as election plans go forward per haps a reflection of general unease about the war among the American public We had succeeded in the war but we miscalculated severely what would happen after the said Sen Lamar Alexander a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Its harder than we thought We dont need an exit strategy we need a suc cess strategy but we may have a different definition of Several Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voiced their frustration last week during Condoleezza Rices hearings on her nomination to be secre tary of state In one of several sharp exchanges Sen Barbara Boxer accused Rice of an unwillingness to give Americans the full story on Iraq Theres a growing impa tience by the members of Congress and the added Sen Ben Nelson D another committee member It isnt a cacophony yet but its a growing voice of people In the short term Repub licans and Democrats alike fear that the Arab Sunni minority wont adequately participate Sunday They also worry that insurgents will disrupt the process and that all regions of Iraq wont be represented fully It all may undermine the ability to have open and fail said Rep Marty Meehan a member of the House Armed Services Committee who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan just over a week ago The training of Iraqi soldiers by forces also has become a top worry with lawmak ers saying its taking longer than anticipated said Sen John Cornyn RTexas a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee was not He returned from Iraq last month with a bipartisan congressional delegation that included committee Chairman John Warner RVa Early this month Warner told report ers the visit revealed that a great deal of work needs to be done to achieve the level of forces that will allow our country and other members of the coalition to reduce force The rising number of casualties climbing by 70 or more each month as the election draws near to at least also has been cause for alarm The uptick prompted a small group of House Democrats to ask Pres ident Bush to start bringing troops home Our troops are like sit ting said Rep Lynn Woolsey the efforts ringleader Paper Unlimited CRANES WINTER WRITE SAlf 328 S Guadalupe 9822181 STIHI1 Chainsaw MSI80C MonFri 85 Sal 812 Fe Power Equipment Sales We Wrvkv Wr 1364 Ln Behind Lttlr 87722 I S 3 11 internet til Cyhrr Mrsii Get DSL Now Many options available Gathi Sp 39889200 Entran Problems Visit or Call needs more reserve troops The Associated Press WASHINGTON The strain of fighting a longer bloodier war in Iraq than commanders originally foresaw brings forth a ques tion that most would have dismissed only a year ago Is the military in danger of run ning out of reserve troops At first glance the answer would appear to be a clear no There are nearly mil lion men and women on the reserve rolls and only about are now in Iraq to supplement the regulars But a deeper look inside the Army National Guard Army Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve suggests a grimmer picture At the cur rent pace and size of Ameri can troop deployments to Iraq the availability of suit able reserve combat troops could become a problem as early as next year The National Guard says it has about citizen soldiers available for future deployments to Iraq fewer than it has sent there over the past two years And it has used up virtually all of its most readily deployable combat brigades In an indication of the concern about a thinning of its ranks last month the National Guard tripled the reenlistment bonuses offered to soldiers in Iraq who can fill critical skill shortages Similarly the Army Reserve has about deployable soldiers left about 18 percent of its total troop strength The Marine Corps Reserve appears to be in a compa rable position because most of its troops have been mobilized at Jeast once already Officials said they have no figures available on how many are available for future deployments to Iraq Both the Army and the Marines are soliciting reservists to volunteer for duty in Iraq The reserves are pretty well shot after the Penta gon makes the next troop rotation starting this sum mer said Robert Goldich a defense analyst at the Con gressional Research Service Among the evidence Of the National Guards 15 besttrained best equipped and most ready todeploy combat brigades all but one are either in Iraq now have demobilized after returning from a oneyear tour there or have been alerted for duty in 20052006 The exception is the South Carolina National Guards 218th Infantry Brigade which has not been deployed to Iraq as a full brigade because smaller groups of its soldiers have been mobilized periodically for homeland defense and numerous mis sions abroad including Iraq The Army Reserve with about citizen soldiers on its rolls for support rather than combat duty has been so heavily used since the Sept 11 2001 attacks that for practical purposes it has only about troops available to perform the kinds of missions required in Iraq according to an internal briefing chart titled Whats Left in the Army Reserve The chief of the Army Reserve Lt Gen James R Helmly recently advised other Army leaders that his citizen militia is in grave danger of being unable to meet all its operational responsibilities He said the Reserve is rapidly degener ating into a broken The mix of troops in the force rotation now under way in Iraq is about 50 percent active duty and 50 percent reserves But that is set to change to 70 per cent active and 30 percent reserve for the rotation after that beginning this summer because combatready Guard units have been tapped out Thus two activeduty Army divisions that have already served oneyear tours in Iraq the 101st Airborne and the 4th Infan try have been selected to return in the coming rota tion The 1st Marine Expedi tionary Force already is on its second tour in Iraq The potential squeeze could be avoided if security conditions in Iraq improve so dramatically this year that the Pentagon decides it can achieve stability with a smaller force The original expectation after the fall of Baghdad in April 2003 was that a troop withdrawal could begin within weeks But an unantic ipated insurgency which turned out to be lethal and resilient changed the pic ture and led to the stressful situation the Army faces today In some respects the use of Army and Marine reservists in Iraq has been a success story Goldich the defense analyst said the reservists performance has generally been excel lent Commanders sing their praise Yet there is a limit to the reserves resources and 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