At 9 a.m. Sept. 11, the Cornelius-Lemley Fire Department will dedicate a piece of steel recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.The piece of beam is just over a foot long and weighs 90 pounds. It will be permanently displayed at Cornelius Fire Station No. 1, 19729 S. Main St., after the ceremony.D.H. Griffin Construction Co. of Greensboro donated the artifact after town officials contacted the company to request a 9/11 piece it could display at the fire station. D.H. Griffin cleaned the debris of Building 2 at the World Trade Center site.Cornelius resident Harry Saake said he asked Town Manager Anthony Roberts to write a letter to the company requesting an artifact, and he did.Saake, 70, lost a best friend from high school in the attacks – Lester Marino, an electrician working in the World Trade Center that day. They’d both attended Sewanhaka High School in the Floral Park neighborhood of Long Island, N.Y. Saake graduated in 1961 and is a licensed dispensing optician for Sam’s Club. He is based at the Kannapolis store but works at stores throughout the region.The piece is also special to him, he said, because he was a volunteer firefighter in Floral Park for nearly six years. Nearly 350 firefighters died fighting the fires at the World Trade Center.
Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013
Cornelius-Lemley Fire Department to dedicate 9/11 steel beam
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