The LeClaire Fire Department is raising money to erect a 9/11 memorial featuring an original beam from the Twin Towers in New York City.

LeClaire Fire Department via Facebook

On May 20, 2011 The LeClaire Fire Department was given an I-Beam from the World Trade Center attacks. They display it in their museum for all to see in the Fire Station. Their Department is the only department in Scott County that has this piece of history. Everyone is welcome at any time to go to the station and view it from their large display window day or night.

Assistant Chief Kent Amerine, a 14-year fire fighter, is using his Facebook birthday fundraiser to raise money to erect a permanent, outdoor memorial.

The new memorial would house the beam permanently, as part of a exhibit remembering the tragic events of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks. Fire fighters from Scott County went to ground zero to help rescue and recovery operations, and to support their brethren from NYC.
Sara Luckritz via Facebook

“We’re looking for something basic and simple, that fits the area around the department, but does it the justice it deserves," Kent said. "The current goal is $2,000 with birthday fundraiser to put towards the final product, which will cost about $25,000."

LeClaire Fire Department via Facebook

The piece of I-Beam is about 5 feet long, and about 400 lbs.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

Listen to our conversation with Kent below.


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