Ocean Springs Fire Dept. to display WTC beam

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The City of Ocean Springs Fire Department has been awarded an important piece of history – a 6-foot steel beam from the World Trade Center, destroyed by a terrorist attack ten years ago.

Ocean Springs Fire Department was chosen to receive the artifact after a two year application process.

Ocean Springs Fire Chief Jeff Ponson, Deputy Chief Nate Wilson, and Lt. David Wicker traveled to New York this week to retrieve the beam and transport it back.

"It is an honor and privilege to receive a piece of American history that symbolizes heroism and bravery," Chief Ponson said. "We honor our fellow firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice to save lives on 9/11/01."

Mayor Connie Moran said the city is honored to receive the remnant of the Twin Towers.

"The beam is a symbol of our American liberty, and a tribute to firefighters everywhere who put their lives on the line everyday to ensure our safety. We remember those brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 for those who lost their lives so tragically that day," she said.

The beam will be displayed at the new fire station, which is scheduled to open next month.

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