Among them was a 30-year-old woman severely cut and burned when she came out of a subway station and was struck by a falling piece of airplane.
"She's feisty as can be. We have every confidence" she will survive, said Pam McDonnell, a spokeswoman for New York Downtown Hospital.
Most of those who flooded area hospitals that day were not seriously injured and were released within hours after being treated for abrasions, eye problems and shock. Hospitals braced for hundreds or thousands more victims, but no survivors have been pulled from the wreckage since Sept. 12.
James Ziglar, Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner, issued a statement yesterday promising that the INS will not arrest or detain immigrants who come forward.
"It is crucial that local authorities get the help they need in identifying victims and the missing," he said. "I want to personally urge the immigrant community to come forward and assure everyone that INS will not seek, and local authorities will not divulge, any information provided in the rescue and recovery efforts."
"Roselle did a good job," said Hingson, 51. "She stayed focused. We stayed to the side. ... Some people had a lot of problems breathing."
The first airliner in the attacks struck the north tower where Hingson worked as a sales manager at Quantum ATL, a network data-storage company. It took a half-hour to walk down to the ground floor. Once outside, he was told both towers were on fire, and soon both collapsed.
"She never hesitated," Hingson said as the dog lay by his feet. "She never panicked."
The "Spirit of America" coin would feature a picture of the Pentagon and a United States flag on the front and the twin towers of the World Trade Center on the back, said the lawmaker's legislative director, Peter Leon.
Engel plans to soon offer legislation authorizing the U.S. Mint to make the coins, which would require congressional approval.
"Excuse me," Jane Kim, 7, yelled at the mourning firefighters milling around outside St. Sebastian Church, her words almost drowned by the din of the No. 7 train.
"Excuse me," she repeated insistently, tapping the leg of firefighter John Westfield.
"Why did this thing happen?"
Westfield looked bewildered for a moment.
"We don't know," he replied. "I don't think any of us knows."
"But it's so sad that the fireman had to die," Jane persisted. "This is terrible."
There were tears in Westfield's eyes as he ruffled her hair and walked away.
"I don't have an answer," he murmured.
From wire reports