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Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer Turns Down Special Treatment for FDNY Job

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Despite his opposition to the title, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has been called a hero by many, but he sure doesn't want to be treated as one.

The former Marine sergeant has denied a judge's deadline extension that would allow him to apply for his dream job -- to become a New York City firefighter.  Meyer missed the original deadline nearly two weeks ago because he was in Washington, D.C., receiving the prestigious award from President Obama.

The 23-year-old declined the judge's offer because he did not want to be a special exception.

Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor on Sept. 15, becoming the first living Marine to receive it for heroism in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He received the nation’s highest military award for repeatedly rushing into heavy enemy fire in an attempt to rescue four missing U.S. servicemembers pinned down in an intense hours-long ambush in eastern Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009.

He insists he is not a hero, but rather, was only doing "what Marines do."

"I’m the furthest thing from a hero,” Meyer said on ABC's World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.  “If this is what it feels like to be a hero you can have it.”

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9/11, Remembrance and Renewal: FDNY Head Recalls Attacks

DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the nation marks 10 years since the attacks of 9/11, the New York City Fire Department is preparing for what its leader says will be a "tough day."

As a reminder of the attacks, FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano keeps a framed poster on his wall with the names and faces of all 343 firefighters killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

"We were the first soldiers in the war on Sept. 11; we were the first in battle, and every day we are driven by the lives that were lost," Cassano says.

"I gave orders to a number of people in that building and not once did any one of them flinch," he says, referring to the firemen inside the Twin Towers at World Trade Center.

As firefighters rushed in, their radios went dead.

"Ten years later, despite all the improvements that we've made in our communications system, it's something that nobody would ever say we've got a perfect system," Cassano says.

But Cassano says the radios are better today, as is the department's training and mindset.

"We have to be prepared for anything that's going to come our way.  We just don't fight fires anymore," he says.

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President Obama Lays Wreath at Ground Zero

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a solemn and virtually silent ceremony, President Obama laid a wreath at Ground Zero on Thursday, moments after telling a New York City firehouse that the death of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden showed the world "when we say, 'We never forget,' we mean what we say."

The president helped place the wreath in front of the Survivor Tree, a pear tree rescued from the burning wreckage of the World Trade Center and replanted at the site in December 2010.

After laying the wreath, the president met with survivors and victims' families.

The silence at Ground Zero contrasted sharply with the warm applause from the men of Engine 54 and Ladder 4, the president's first stop in New York City. The president visited the Manhattan firehouse, dubbed "The Pride of Midtown," as part of his trip to Ground Zero, four days after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. The firehouse at 48th Street and Eighth Avenue lost 15 men when the twin towers collapsed.

"The president believes it's appropriate and fitting to travel to New York this week in the wake of the successful mission to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, to recognize the terrible loss that New York suffered on 9/11 and to acknowledge the burden that the families of the victims, the loved ones of the victims have been carrying with them since 9/11, almost 10 years," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Obama had invited former president George W. Bush to join him at Ground Zero where Bush, speaking through a bull horn atop the rubble of the World Trade Center, had vowed to track down those who knocked down the skyscrapers. Bush, however, declined the invitation.

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

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