Donation from North Tower
After adding a 9/11 memorial plaque to the Firefighters' Memorial on September 11, 2002, the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department was given the opportunity to take the Firefighters' Memorial one step further. A section of an I-beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center was added to the Firefighters' Memorial during our third anniversary memorial service on September 11, 2004.
This donation, arranged by Firefighter Lee Lelpi (retired) from Rescue 2 of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) is a high honor. Portions of the World Trade Center were rarely given out. After seeing the beam when it was first delivered, LSFD Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder said, “To realize that this – this 3-foot high, 1-foot-wide beam – was once a portion of the North Tower, is incredible.” Weighing about 200 pounds, this beam has and will continue to serve as a physical connection for all to remember the horrible events of that fateful September day.