Archive for June 11th, 2011

Park Ridge to get 9/11 steel

An article in the Niles Herald Spectator mentions that the Park Ridge Fire Department has been selected to receive a piece of steel that has been salvaged from the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Towers.

The Park Ridge Fire Department is set to receive its own piece of the World Trade Center.

With the unwrapping of the North Maine Fire Department’s 6-foot-long steel artifact this week comes word that Park Ridge has also been selected as a recipient of a piece of steel salvaged from the wreckage of the Twin Towers.

Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen said the Park Ridge Fire Department has been approved for an artifact, and members of the department are working through the necessary steps required to actually obtain it.

The piece of steel is believed to weigh between 200 and 300 pounds. and measures 6 or 7 feet long, Sorensen said.

The complete article can be found HERE.

Thanks to Dennis McGuire, Jr. for finding the article.


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North Maine FPD receives 9/11 steel

The Daily Herald has an article today about the North Maine Fire Protection District receiving a six-foot steel I-beam from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. North Maine and Des Plaines were both awarded 9/11 artifacts to be used in local memorials as mentioned HERE. Excerpts from today’s article:

The North Maine Fire Protection District this week unveiled a 6-foot-long, 4-inch-wide steel remnant of the World Trade Center towers in New York City that collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001.

North Maine fire officials opened the sealed box bearing the artifact during a public ceremony Monday night at the fire headquarters on Potter Road.

The beam will become part of an existing Sept. 11 memorial at nearby Ridgewood Cemetery in Des Plaines, Fire Marshal Arnie Witzke said.

“The artifact itself is the perfect size and we couldn’t have asked for anything better,” Witzke said. “All that remains is to incorporate this artifact into the existing memorial at Ridgewood Cemetery and we all hope it will be ready for display this coming 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2011. It will truly add to the meaning of the annual moment of reflection that we all seem to hold every year since 2001.”

North Maine Fire District, which serves unincorporated Maine Township, applied for a piece of the wreckage to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which maintains an archive of materials salvaged from the World Trade Center ruins.

More than 900,000 applicants sought a remnant of the towers, including fire departments in Carpentersville and Mundelein that are awaiting their artifacts.

Des Plaines recently received a similar Sept. 11 artifact — a 114-pound steel girder standing 33 inches high and 11 inches deep and wide that was among the supports holding up the Twin Towers. The rusted beam will be memorialized, likely outside city hall, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

The complete article can be found HERE.

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Hillside has been added to the site

Hillside Fire Department

The Hillside Fire Station has been modified since this photo was taken and now has a second floor. Bill Friedrich photo

In MABAS Division 20, the Hillside Fire Department has been added to the site. Hillside operates out of one station at 523 N. Wolf Road, and they house two ambulances, two engines, a truck company, and a light-duty rescue. Apparatus is a mixture of Road Rescue, Medtec, Pierce, American LaFrance, KME, and Grumman. Any day now the Grumman will be retired and replaced with a new Pierce quint as seen HERE.

Hillside Fire Department Grumman AerialCat

This tower ladder is being replaced by a new Pierce 105' ladder.

Hillside Fire Department Pierce Arrow XT PUC

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