Carteret Fire Department To Erect New 9/11 Memorial

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CARTERET-Mayor Dan Reiman, members of the FMBA Local 67, and the Carteret Fire Department planned to attend a formal dedication ceremony tomorrow morning in honor of the emergency service workers who lost their lives during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

A new memorial has been constructed from a piece of World Trade Center steel by Middlesex County Vocational-Technical students, and it will be driven by motorcade at 9 a.m. from the Piscataway School to the Carteret Fire Department Headquarters, where it will be erected.

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The Carteret Fire Department decided that a piece of World Trade Center steel they received should be incorporated into a monument honoring the emergency service workers who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The Carteret Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Local #67 partnered with Middlesex County Vocational-Technical School welding teacher Joe Gess and nine welding students in the design and fabrication of the 9/11 sculpture. Gess and his students worked hundreds of hours to design and fabricate the sculpture. Students who were 7 or 8 years old at the time of the attacks were given pictures of the emergency workers who lost their lives on 9/11. Gess and the students used the pictures as references during their work on the sculpture.

“The members of Carteret Fire Department F.M.B.A. Local #67 would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Mr. Joe Gess and his students for the breathtaking sculpture they have created for us,” said Captain Mark Hruska, President F.M.B.A. Local #67. “Mr. Gess and the students share our deep respect for the emergency responders that perished that day and they treated the World Trade Center Steel with care and dignity while constructing the sculpture in their memory. We salute Mr. Gess and his students and commend them for demonstrating that the memories of those lost on that fateful day will always be remembered. They are true patriots.”

According to borough officials, members of the Carteret Fire Department, Carteret Police Department, Office of Emergency Management, and EMS assisted emergency service workers in New York following the attacks.

“The members of the FMBA Local 67 are to be commended not only for their tireless commitment to our greater community,” Reiman said, “but for continuing to acknowledge all of the New York City emergency service workers who gave their lives assisting so many civilians that day. Their memorial will serve as a reminder that remembrance is as important now as it was 10 years ago.”


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