Local fire dept. gets piece of World Trade Center

DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - A piece of the World Trade Center is now on display in Dinwiddie County.

The Namozine Volunteer Fire Department requested and received a part of the wreckage from the 9-11 attacks. The steel piece weighs 64 pounds and it's only one of a few in the commonwealth.

"One of the artifacts went to Charlottesville. This is the only other piece we know of in the state," said Captain Eric Jones.

Firefighters call it a symbol of solidarity.

"It's a special piece of history. A landmark moment in time for the nation. We're fortunate to have it," said Jones.

Hundreds of emergency responders died during the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

"Having this piece and to understand what it means to the fire department and all the first responders that were there - it's especially significant to us."

After dozens of e-mails and phone calls to the Port Authority in New York -- a portion of the World Trade Center was delivered to the department.

"We don't know what part of the building it came from. We tried to find that out but they didn't have the exact location of which tower or floor," said Jones.

As a recipient, the artifact must remain on public display. So, the fire department is working to raise money to build a memorial. The steel piece will be enclosed in glass. On either side, there will be light beams to replicate the twin towers.

"Also we're going to try and incorporate the 400 plus responders that died on that day -- not just firefighters," said Assistant Fire Chief John Hollowell.

The department is encouraging those who want to donate to contact the fire station. Until the memorial is built the historic piece will be kept inside a display case at the fire station.

The fire department says it would like to have that memorial built by September -- in time for the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

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