Edgewater, FL - It was once a part of the World Trade Center, now it's part of a memorial to those who died during the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The Edgewater Fire Department says retired Captain Jill Danigel and her husband drove up to New York City to retrieve one of more than 2,600 pieces of steel and other items that were given to communities throughout the country to help preserve the memory of the 9/11 attacks.
The piece itself was once a part of one of the World Trade Center towers—the "Twin Towers"—that came down during the attacks on September 11, 2001.
After bringing the piece home, a retired Driver and Engineer for the department, Greg Swets, designed and built the monument that would house the piece of steel. According to the fire department, Swets built the monument out of the bricks used to build the original Fire Station 55.
All of this is part of a program run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where communities and municipalities could apply to receive an artifact from the 9/11 attacks. According to the Port Authority, more than 2,600 pieces of steel and other items have been distributed across all 50 states and 10 foreign nations since the program began in 2010.
"Each artifact from Hanger 17 is a piece of history that tells a special story about 9/11 such as firefighters and rescuers running into the burning Towers to save those who were in the greatest need," said Joseph W. Pfeifer, Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness for the FDNY "The 9/11 steel, whether small or large, represents the 343 firefighters who were lost, as well as all victims of terrorism throughout the world. Not only do these artifacts help us to never forget, but it also represents our hope for an end to terrorism."
The Edgewater Fire Department invites the community to stop by Station 55 to view the artifact and pay tribute to the almost 3,000 people who perished during the 9/11 terror attacks.