(Updated 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2010)
MIDDLESEX COUNTY –State officials visited Old Bridge and Iselin to present a piece of steel from the World Trade Center to local fire departments for use in their public memorials to honor the victims and remember the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Cheesequake Volunteer Fire Company in Old Bridge and the Iselin Volunteer Fire Company received the artifacts from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
During the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, artifacts were identified among the wreckage and preserved for their historical significance. Stored at Hanger 17 at JFK Airport, these artifacts include various pieces that have been cataloged by a professional curator to ensure they were kept as close as possible to their original condition.
Baroni noted, “The steel recovered from the World Trade Center after September 11, 2001 is being distributed to police departments, fire departments, municipalities and other community organizations as a public display to the memory of 2,752 victims, including 343 New York City firefighters, 37 Port Authority police officers, and 23 New York City police officers. These historically important artifacts will help generations remember and honor the past as we work every day to rebuild together.”
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