Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Builds Memorial From 9/11 Steel

A 9/11 memorial outside the Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department. (Photo by Sara Grillo)

TOMS RIVER – Using one of the last pieces of sacred steel from the World Trade Center, the Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Department on Clayton Avenue has been building a memorial since March and held an unveiling ceremony on Memorial Day for members the community.

Fire Champlain Lou Lotto said it took over four years to obtain the piece of steel, which was originally 17-1/2-feet long and weighed 1,500 pounds. The massive piece of 9/11 debris was designed to look like the two Twin Tower buildings, with a circular memorial built around it and lights illuminating the towers at night.