Sept. 11 artifact at Coweta Fire Department

by Lindy Oller

alt

A twisted piece of metal outside the Coweta County Fire Department headquarters on Turkey Creek Road comes from the wreckage of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. A new museum has opened in New York recalling the horror and honor of that day. 


A new museum has opened at Ground Zero in New York City to remember the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, but people can see an artifact recalling that day here in Coweta County.

The 9/11 museum in New York opened on May 21. President Obama was at the dedication ceremony. Some of the museum’s artifacts include fork-shaped columns from the World Trade Center’s facade, a wedding ring, and a voicemail, according to an Associated Press story.

Families and friends visiting the memorial can remember their loved ones who were not found – a repository holds unidentified remains from the wreckage. About 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a hijacked plane that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

The newly-opened museum at Ground Zero is a reminder of how the country stood together and kept a united front.

The Coweta County Fire Department Station 1 headquarters on Turkey Creek Road possesses a piece of metal that came from the South Tower in New York. According to Jeff Denney, assistant fire chief, there was an application process that had to be done in order for the fire department to receive this piece of history.

Two local firefighters drove to New York to bring the item to Coweta County.

“It is our memorial garden,” said Denney. The artifact has been at the fire station since it opened at its new location about two years ago.

Some of the people who come to see the artifact are immediately brought back to where they were on Sept. 11, 2001.

“When people see it, their mood shifts. They realize the importance of it,” said Denney. There are other fire departments throughout the state that have artifacts from the 9/11 sites.

People born after 2001 can view this artifact as a symbol of the ultimate sacrifice that 343 firefighters made on that day. It is a Coweta County memorial to all of those who lost their life that day.

“It serves as a reminder that freedom is not free,” said Denney.



More Local

Coweta Commission

Dollar General rezoning, pension discussion on agenda

A public hearing on the rezoning of property at Fischer Road and Raymond Hill Road for a Dollar General store is on the agenda for Tuesday n ... Read More


School bus schedules available on NTH website

The 2015-2016 bus schedules for the Coweta County School System are now available on The Newnan Times-Herald website, www.times-herald.com. ... Read More


senoia city council

Public hearing on trailer regulations set

Proposed changes to the city of Senoia’s ordinances that will forbid any temporary vending trailers in the historic district are on th ... Read More


briarwood commons

Sharpsburg rezoning public hearing Monday

The Sharpsburg Town Council will hold a public hearing Monday on the rezoning of property for the Briarwood Commons development. The town is ... Read More


NTH turns 150

UFO movie lands in Coweta

In the spring of 1979, Newnan played host to a Italian film company shooting a motion picture. Leone Film chose Newnan as the backdrop to th ... Read More

UPDATE

Authorities identify burglary suspects

Authorities have identified the three suspects arrested in a manhunt that ended on Paces Landing Court on Thursday. Timothy Cole Stevenson, ... Read More