Tow truck driver remembers transporting World Trade Center beams to Wellington

Sisters Towing’s Tim Day and his wife carried a steel beam from the South Tower of the original World Trade Center to the Patriot Memorial in Wellington.

They departed Palm Beach County on December 6, 2010, arriving at a hangar at New York’s JFK airport where the beam was kept as evidence in a criminal investigation.

The Sisters Towing was escorted by agents from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and other first responders. Along the route down Interstate 95, we were greeted by American flag-bearing spectators trying to get a glimpse of the beam. First responders from Washington, DC escorted Days through traffic.

About the Patriot Monument

Wellington Village is home to the Patriot Memorial. The steel there is from the south tower. It was seven floors below him in the crash zone of United Airlines Flight 175, so it’s a little more crumpled. This monument houses the Eternal Flame Fountain.

“The Eternal Flame is one of those things that I think represents the ongoing memory of everything that happened and the people who lost their lives,” said Wellington village manager Jim Burns.

Burns said one reason the memorial is here is to help young students understand and never forget the events of 9/11.

“And to make some of it available here so that you can reach out and touch it… for someone who may not have been born. Then it makes it real, It makes it easier to understand,” Barnes said.

9.11 Memorial Plaza

“These bolts are being welded from the tremendous heat at this point,” said James N., deputy fire chief for Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue, who joined WPTV NewsChannel 5 on a tour of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. says Ippolito.

These monuments are a place of red, blue, and important remembrance for the nation.

“For some, it’s part of history. For others, it’s a memorial that you can come and spend time with, a kind of reflection, and for others, it’s a piece of history that never died.” It’s a cemetery for people who have lost loved ones they never had, and we stopped by that spot here in Palm Beach Gardens to restore some of that original building to a place of true ownership,” said Ippolito.

A jagged 10-ton piece of debris from the South Tower stands in front of Fire Station No. 3 on Northlake Boulevard.

“Every year around 9/11, a lot of people come and people hang their pictures and put flowers on their rosary beads,” Ippolito said.

The monument’s footprint is the Maltese Cross, the fire department’s symbol of honor. “

The glass plaque commemorates all those who died that day and features special markers for first responders, police, and fallen firefighters.

“Every day goes by when I don’t think of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives, risking their lives to save others,” said Ippolito.

He remembered watching the TV news live from Ground Zero, hearing ominous, eerie sounds in the background.

Firefighter motion sensors to detect problems.

“Hundreds of firefighters trapped and buried under the rubble was an unmistakable sound. They didn’t know where they were or how they got there, but there they were. I knew you were there, I knew you needed help,” Ippolito said.

Mid Florida Credit Union Event Center

In Port St. Lucie, the World Trade Center’s 11-foot girder beam is on display in a town with strong ties to the New York Mets.

“That day 20 years ago was bigger than New York and I was fortunate enough to live here. Residents can go and reflect and reflect on some of the feelings they had. Sergeant Keith Borham, Public Affairs Officer for the Port St. Lucie Police Department.

It is a place to enshrine fallen officers.

“As first responders, we are connected to our brothers and sisters in New York. Not only did they die that day, they continued,” Boham said, pausing to contain his emotions, but then continued. .[They] I worked long hours, experienced all kinds of stress and very, very tough, tough conditions. “


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