Official WTC Death Toll
Declines Further To 2,843


(AFP) - The official death toll in the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center has been revised steadily downward, and now stands at 2,843, city officials said Monday.

A high of more than 6,500 in mid-September has gradually declined as duplications have been discovered and people reported as missing have been found.

Meanwhile, the bodies of five Port Authority police officers were found on Saturday in the rubble at the Trade Center, five months after the attacks.

The bodies were recovered of Chief James Romito, Captain Kathy Mazza, Lieutenant Robert Cirri and Officers James Parham and Stephen Huczko, said Greg Trevor, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police.

On September 11, they rushed across the river to the World Trade Center, which was in flames, helping victims escape before the towers collapsed on them.

The discovery of the five bodies does not alter the overall death toll, Trevor said.

According to the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, the bodies of 171 uniformed officers have been identified thus far.

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