South King Fire & Rescue will soon have a piece of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed nearly 10 years ago in a terrorist attack.
The fire department was recently awarded a steel beam from the towers in New York City.
Two firefighters left this morning on a cross-country drive to pick up the piece and bring it back to the fire department. The piece will be placed in a memorial at Station 64, 3700 S. 320th St. The memorial is scheduled to be finished Sept. 11, 2012, the fire department reported.
Firefighter Sven Schievink and Lt. Scott Mahlen are driving Mahlen’s truck and pulling a trailer they borrowed from another firefighter, the department reported. They are using personal time to make the trip.
“Bringing a piece of the World Trade Center here will not only honor those who lost their lives, but it will help us to always remember and never forget the sacrifice,” Schievink stated in a press release.
Mahlen and Schievink will be taking the artifact to the 9/11 crash sites, Chicago, Mt. Rushmore and Sun Valley.
The fire department is planning a procession and ceremony Aug. 30. The procession will begin at the Auburn Supermall at 1:30 p.m., then will wind up Peasley Canyon, to Celebration Park and City Hall and end at Station 62, 31617 First Ave. S., at 2:00 p.m.
Follow the firefighters’ journey on South King Fire & Rescue’s Facebook page.
South King Fire & Rescue will be the third South Sound fire department with a piece of the World Trade Center.
A crew from Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One brought back its piece earlier this year. Last year, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue received two steel beams.