Carpentersville Gets Piece of World Trade Towers

Piece to be used in fire station memorial

By Lacey McCraney
|  Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011  |  Updated 2:34 PM CDT
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The Village of Carpentersville will soon honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks with a piece of the World Trade Towers. 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is giving the Kane County community the piece after a request by Carpentersville Fire Chief John Schuldt, according to the Daily Herald. He wrote to the Port Authority in 2009 and asked, along with 900,000 others, for a piece of the building.

The piece will be used in a memorial located in the village at 213 Spring Street, outside the village's Fire Station 1. Planning is still in its conceptual stages, says Schuldt, but the idea is to construct a flagpole with a brick pillar on a curbed grassy area.

The steel artifact will pierce through the brick. A plaque will list those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 as well as the names of all Carpentersville firefighters. It will also identify where the piece of steel was located in the World Trade Center.

Funds will be raised to cover the cost of the memorial. There are no estimates on how much it will cost, but Schuldt hopes it will be built by 2015 for the 100 year anniversary of the Carpentersville Fire Department.

Anyone interested in donating can send money to the fire department, in care of Village Hall, 1200 L.W. Besinger Drive, Carpentersville, Illinois 60110. Donors are asked to note that the money is to be used for the memorial.

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