Sept. 11 artifact at Coweta Fire Department
by Lindy Oller
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.