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The steel beam displayed here at Mendon Fire-Rescue's Headquarters was removed from the site of the World Trade Center attacks in New York City during the recovery operation after 9-11-01. This piece is 102 inches long, 10 inches wide and 24 inches tall. More than 1.5 million tons of debris was removed from "The Pile". This beam, which weighs approximately 1500 pounds, represents 0.0000005% of that total.

The Port Authority of NY and NJ selected various pieces of steel that had "structural significance," so testing could be done to help understand why the Twin Towers collapsed. Those items were inventoried and stored in an 80,000 square foot hangar at JFK International Airport. In 2009, after the testing was complete and litigation came to an end, the Port Authority decided to make these artifacts available for public memorials.

Members of Mendon Fire-Rescue were invited to Hangar 17 in June of 2009 and selected this beam to become the focal point of this memorial. The exact location of this beam's origin within the WTC complex is unknown.



Port Authority WTC Archive Photo

The 9/11 Memorial was dedicated on September 11th, 2011.

We will never forget.

 

 




On August 27, 2014 Shiri Spear from Fox 25 Boston came to Shoot a Firehouse Friday video showcasing the 9/11 Memorial. It aired on September 12th.

 

 



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