9/11 memorial display arrives in San Diego
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SAN DIEGO - A piece of 9/11 history rolled into San Diego on Saturday.
New York City Fire Department Ladder Truck 152 was escorted along Interstate 15 to the Hilton Bayfront in downtown San Diego by police and fire personnel from around the county.
The truck worked at the World Trade Center site where it stayed for months until it was decommissioned. Every firefighter assigned to it lost their lives on Sept. 11.
"It makes you want to cry, you know?" said retired New York firefighter Tommy Fenich, who was there that day."It's very emotional."
He said the truck is a symbol of American strength.
"Here it is now … it survived," he said. "To me, it's like showing strength in this country. We're going to survive. We're going to get out of this situation."
The truck will be displayed along with a 75-pound piece of limestone from the Pentagon, three pieces of fuselage from United Airlines Flight 93 and a 10-pound piece from the World Trade Center. They will be on display through Sept. 11.
"Unfortunately, I got caught in the collapse. I got buried, found alive," said retired firefighter Lt. Joe Torrillo, who was seriously injured when the towers collapsed.
He says the twisted steel beams and the rubble are reminders of the sacrifice many in law enforcement made on that fateful day.
"I dedicated all my time since then to raising money for charity and resurrecting patriotism … and trying to remind every single person in this country that we don't owe any excuse to any other person in this world to say we are proud to be an American."
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