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WTC Girder Becomes Part of Bakersfield, CA 9/11 Memorial

In early April, a six-and-one-half-ton steel girder from the World Trade Center made its way through downtown Bakersfield, California, to be used as part as a 9/11 memorial the city will build between its police substation and fire department station 15 near the Kern River. On March 30, Bakersfield firefighters had traveled to New York to receive the girder at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where they were met by members of the FDNY. The cross-country trip was privately funded with money raised for the memorial by Bakersfield firefighters through their website,

Bakersfield Fire Chief Doug Greener said he considered it “a solemn privilege to be responsible for honoring the memory of the civilian, firefighter, police, EMS, Port Authority, military, and other lives that were lost on September 11, 2001, and to have been granted a piece of the WTC as a memorial centerpiece.”

Chief Greener further stated, “As firefighters, we are duty-bound to never forget the events of September 11, 2001, and it’s particularly relevant for the BFD to have the opportunity to physically memorialize that because we understand the tragedy of that day on many levels, including the unbearable loss of civilian lives, as well as so many firefighter and other first-responder lives lost in the course of their respective duties.”

As attorneys for 9/11 survivors, we applaud efforts by police and fire departments across the country to memorialize the fallen heroes of 9/11. But we also wish to emphasize that survivors continue to suffer today. In fact, more survivors have died from WTC-related illnesses than people killed outright on 9/11.  Our nation must continue to care for them.

If you have questions about your rights as a 9/11 survivor, call Barasch & McGarry at 888-351-9421 or contact our office online.

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