A steel beam that was once part of the World Trade Center towers is on public display in the lobby at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North.
The artifact was acquired with the help of Turner Construction Company, the firm that built the city’s newest Fire Station #7 in Telfair. Turner Construction has a personal connection to the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy – 12 employees in its New York office who were located in the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Turner Construction also assisted extensively in the Ground Zero clean-up.
The ground zero artifact was formally dedicated during a special 911 memorial event in Sugar Land Town Square.
Sugar Land firefighters and police officers gather on the steps of Sugar Land City Hall at 8:45 a.m. – the same time American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower – to pay tribute to the many first-responders who died 10 years ago. Among the 2,753 victims who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center were 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and eight private emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
Also dedicated during the event was a twisted piece of metal with a small, remnant of fabric still attached that was once part of the World Trade Center. The twisted metal is currently housed at Fire Station No. 1. Sugar Land firefighter Adam Palmer led the effort to obtain the ground zero memorial piece after visiting http://911blogger.com/node/23113, a site detailing the Port Authority’s efforts to find new homes for “World Trade Center 9/11 Steel.”