NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER - Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Northern New York

Steel from World Trade Center arrives in Framingham
By Joe O'Connell/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News

Just minutes after noon Wednesday, a piece of history arrived at the Massachusetts State Police headquarters on Rte. 9.

Wrapped in American flags and strapped to a flatbed, a 19-foot steel beam from the World Trade Center was brought here, where it will be part of a memorial honoring those who lost their lives in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

It is not known from which building the 1,600-pound rusted and partially mangled beam came - it was one of many pieces of the Twin Towers that were hauled away and stored in the months after the attacks.

"It's finally here," said Lt. Col. Sharon Costine, who drove to New York City Wednesday morning to get the beam. "It is nice to have. It is a piece of history."

Costine was joined by Sgt. Mark Caron, who drove the flatbed that left Framingham at 2 o'clock in the morning. The beam received a police escort as the truck rolled through New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

When the truck arrived at the headquarters, five troopers saluted the beam as it was driven down the driveway. Many employees waited outside and took photos. Framingham firefighters also participated.

"We are honored to have been selected as a recipient of this precious steel," said Lt. Col. Stephen Matthews, the deputy superintendent of the state police. "This steel is a testament to the strong and indestructible spirit of all those who live in Massachusetts and across the country."

The state police obtained the beam through a program run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that allows public safety departments to apply for a piece of steel from the two buildings. Debris from ground zero is housed at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.

The beam will be kept in storage until the memorial plans are finalized. The memorial will be built in front of police headquarters.

"It is still in the conception stages," state police spokesman David Procopio said of the memorial. "It will obviously be something that honors the victims."

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