Sitting in the driveway of the Oswald-Tudor fire station in Sutter County isn't just any hunk of steel; it's a piece of the World Trade Center.
“I saw an article in the New York Times about a year and a half ago or so and they were offering up pieces of the World Trade Center for use as memorials across the country,” said Glenn Aronowitz of Sutter County Fire. The 154 pound girder was acquired by the Sutter County Volunteers and Firefighters Association last year, just before the 10-year anniversary of September 11.
It was supposed to be moved to its permanent home in front to of the Sutter County Memorial Site in Yuba City.
What was supposed to be a simple process has hit snags.
“We had a couple other concrete contractors that who also fell through and so the only thing stopping is having someone assist us and donate their time as a concrete contractor with a contractor’s license,” said Aronowitz.
As the months have ticked on, the piece of steel sits, waiting for a trip to its final home, “It’s hard for all of us to look at that,” said Battalion Chief John Shalowitz.
The hope is to have this reminder of one of America’s worst day, in a place of honor, not by tomorrow, but by next 9/11.
“We'll do all the labor, we have the money to do the project,” said Aronowitz. “We just need someone who knows how to do it.”