Com­mis­sion­ers OK cre­ation of 9/11 fund

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Jar­reau Free­man

To re­mem­ber the tragic events of 9/11, the Abing­ton Fire Depart­ment plans to con­struct a memo­rial at the fire and po­lice train­ing grounds in the Roslyn sec­tion of Abing­ton Town­ship.

The Abing­ton Town­ship Board of Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved the cre­ation of a do­na­tion ac­count that will fund and con­struct the memo­rial at the Oct. 11 board meet­ing.

The train­ing grounds, which are lo­cated in the 2200 block of Florey Lane, will be home to the memo­rial that will con­sist of a flag pole and a pen­tagon shaped ma­sonry base sup­port­ing a 2-foot eye beam from the World Trade Cen­ter.

The memo­rial is es­ti­mated to cost A15,000.

Those who want to make a do­na­tion to the fund can send a check to the fi­nance depart­ment in the town­ship build­ing, in­di­cat­ing it’s for the 9/11 memo­rial, said Town­ship Manger Michael Le­Fevre.

7KH fiUH GHSDUWPHnW ZDV able to ob­tain the steel beam from the Septem­ber 11th Fam­i­lies’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said Abing­ton Fire Mar­shal hen Clark, fol­low­ing the meet­ing.

“We ap­plied for the piece of steel Oct. 6, 2010,” he said. “We were one of the last or­ga­ni­za­tions to get a piece of steel.”

The steel is from one of the World Trade Cen­ter tow­ers, but Clark said he is not sure which tower the steel came from.

At the memo­rial, Clark said they also hope to fea­ture a plaque with the names of Abing­ton res­i­dents who were closely con­nected to the events of 9/11.

“I know some peo­ple in the town­ship who worked at the World Trade Cen­ter,” he said. “I am not sure if any­one from the town­ship died, but I think peo­ple from the town­ship had rel­a­tives who passed away.

“I don’t want to miss xhonor­ing] an Abing­ton res­i­dent if they had a con­nec­tion to New vork or Wash­ing­ton xon 9/11].”

Board mem­bers voiced their opin­ion about the memo­rial dur­ing the meet­ing.

Com­mis­sioner Steven hline said he did not ap­prove of the lo­ca­tion of the memo­rial but said it would be nice for the community.

Com­mis­sioner Carol Gillespie said she looks for­ward to see­ing the memo­rial when it’s done.

Board Pres­i­dent Carol DiJoseph said the fire­fight­ers earned the priv­i­lege to put the memo­rial wher­ever they want and said she thinks it will be a “won­der­ful en­ter­prise.”

“I am very hon­ored xthat the town­ship] re­ceived a piece of steel,” said res­i­dent Vic­tor hrievens who spoke in fa­vor of the memo­rial. “It may not be where peo­ple want it or can see it, but I am glad we are do­ing it.”

Clark said that he hopes the memo­rial will be in the town­ship for­ever and be used as a tool to teach fire­fighter safety.

A spe­cial rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony for the memo­rial is an­tic­i­pated for Sept. 11, 2013, he said.

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