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South King firefighters return with WTC artifact today

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 30, 2011 at 8:05 am with No Comments »
August 30, 2011 8:05 am

Just a reminder …

South King Fire & Rescue is planning a ceremony today to welcome a piece of the World Trade Center, which was devastated nearly 10 years ago in terrorist attacks on the East Coast.

The agency was recently awarded an artifact from the towers. South King fire Lt. Scott Mahlen and firefighter Sven Schievink left Aug. 10 on a cross-country trip to pick up the piece and bring it back to Federal Way.

They have been traveling the country and stopping to sightsee after picking up a steel beam from New York City. They’ve been reporting on their trip on the department’s Facebook page.

They are scheduled to return this afternoon.

Motorcycles from the American Legion Riders will meet two firefighters at the Auburn SuperMall.

The firefighters will leave the mall at 1:30 p.m. and head up Peasley Canyon. Federal Way police officers will join the group at Military Road.

The motorcade will drive into Federal Way, past the World Championship of Sand Sculpting event at Hillside Plaza, Celebration Park and City Hall. They are scheduled to arrive at Station 62, 31617 First Ave. S., at 2 p.m.

The public is invited to a ceremony to honor the beam’s arrival. Mahlen and Schievink will talk about their trip.

The piece will be part of a permanent memorial to be built at Station 64, 3700 S. 320th St. The memorial is scheduled to be finished next year.

South King Fire & Rescue is the third South Sound fire agency to receive a piece of the World Trade Center.

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One brought back a piece earlier this year, and Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue was given two steel beams last year.

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