The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 16, 2014

Deputy fire chief to visit 9/11 museum after crowds thin

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— HUMMELS WHARF — Jack Grove plans to tour the newly unveiled National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City once the lines of visitors have eased.

“I’ll wait for the novelty to wear off,” said the deputy fire chief in Hummels Wharf.

The museum was dedicated Thursday by President Barack Obama in a nationally televised ceremony attended by many victims’ families.

Grove and other members of the local fire company were quick to act when they learned several years ago that items from each of the terrorist attack sites was available to emergency companies across the country.

In September 2011, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, the Hummels Wharf Fire Company dedicated its own 9-11 memorial featuring a 4-foot steel beam from the World Trade Center site, soil from Shanksville where Flight 93 crashed and a piece of limestone from the Pentagon, which was struck by a third hijacked plane.

The permanent memorial was established outside the fire hall on the Old Trail.

“This is a part of our history and we wanted to have a small piece of it here,” Grove said.