Treatment of Trade Center Beams Criticized in Oak Lawn

By Al Romero
|  Friday, Sep 30, 2011  |  Updated 4:40 PM CDT
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Treatment of Trade Center Beams Criticized in Oak Lawn

Erik Blome, a sculptor from Crystal Lake, created a pair of sculptures around the 9/11 tragedy.

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*This story has been updated to remove a reference to a sculpture in Oak Lawn. The artist says the sulpture is complete.

Two beams from the World Trade Center are stored in an abandoned lumberyard in Oak Lawn, exposed to the elements.

For at least one person in the southwest suburb, that's just not right. 

Oak Lawn Fire Lt. James McGeever told the Chicago Sun-Times that seeing them not covered up and exposed to the elements upsets him. "They're not treated with dignity," he said. 

McGeever escorted a total of four beams from New York to Oak Lawn last December. They arrived with a lot of fanfare and were going to be used in a memorial to first responders.

Village Manager Larry Deetjen told the newspaper there was nowhere else to store the beams and that the lumberyard was secure and just a block away from the memorial site.

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