Local fire department puts WTC beam on display to honor victims

Local fire department puts WTC beam on display to honor victims

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 7:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 8 at 8:34 AM

YORK COUNTY, S.C. --  The tiny Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department in a remote corner of York County pulled it off.

They had heard that sections of the massive beams from the World Trade Center would go to organizations that would promise to put them on permanent display, and pick-up the entire tab at the same time.

Back in February on a donated truck, the beam arrived in York County. The Bethesda Fire Department had its piece of history.

“All of us are upset about what happened and that’s part of the reason that we are doing this because we never want to forget the firemen and policemen who lost their lives that day,” volunteer firefighter David Pennell said.

How did they pay for it?

Other fire departments were among the first to want to help. A local motorcycle club sponsored a special ride and raised some $20,000.

T-shirt sales and private donations covered the rest.

Assistant chief Leon Yard from the Oakdale department helped raise the money to bring the beam here.

"You can say it brought firefighters and what they do to the forefront," he said.

A concrete pad will serve as the foundation for the beam that will go on display at the York Fire Training Academy.

"Can't say enough about the donations,” Yard said. “People have bent over backwards to accommodate us."

The beam will now be on display here for everyone to see and will serve as a permanent reminder of those who died.

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