ATLANTIC BEACH, CARTERET COUNTY - The Atlantic Beach Fire Station has brought a steel piece of the World Trade Center to Eastern Carolina.
Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder says they've been working for two years to secure the piece of history. The station wanted to create a memorial in honor of the firefighters who passed away on September 11.
Snyder says he reached out to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the organization that has the remaining pieces of the Twin Towers. Snyder said they had to fill out paperwork, providing details about what they were going to do with the requested piece.
After the paperwork was approved, Snyder says a federal judge was asked to give it the final thumbs up.
This week, four of the station's firefighters traveled up to New York to pick up the piece.
Snyder says they were prompted to request a piece of the World Trade Center because of the station's personal connection to the tragic events on September 11, 2001. Snyder says some of the firefighters are from the New York area, or had family and friends who died on that tragic day. One of his firefighters lost his father, who was also a firefighter who died in the line of duty.
On the piece of steel that sits outside of the station are autographs that came from firefighters at the Hazmat One and Squad 288 in Queens, NY. The New York based station lost 19 of their firefighters in the line of duty when responding to help at the Twin Towers.
The station plans to add a plaque and flag to the piece of steel. They will have an official ceremony on September 11, 2014.