Earlier today South Padre Island’s Fire Station celebrated the official unveiling of a piece of the World Trade Center honoring the 11th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
An unforgettable tragic day in history.
“I think it affected everybody and how they operate,” said Robert Pinkerton, South Padre Island Mayor.
A beam was saved from the remains of the Twin Towers that is now being housed at SPI’s Fire Station Number One located on Retama Street.
Mayor Pinkerton says it’s a piece everyone ought to look at.
Today’s inauguration of the new facility reminds local fire and emergency crews that among the thousands of lost lives were at least 343 heroic firefighters.
Burney Baskett, SPI Fire Department Chief, said it is bittersweet and reminds them of the sacrifices of everyday American people.
The beam is up front and center of the building for public access.
This million-dollar project was assisted in part by the State of Texas while SPI took about 70% of the construction costs.
The facility can withstand severe weather to offer more suitable conditions for rescue operations, according to Fire Chief Baskett.
SPI officials also say they feel privileged to receive such a historic piece.
Jessica Solis, FOX 2 News.