Sept. 11 memorial that was vandalized now back up in Pacific Beach
Memorial vandalized on Sept. 11 of this year
Last Updated: 429 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A local Sept. 11 memorial that was vandalized nearly three weeks ago is back up again.
The monument, which is located in front of San Diego Fire Station 21 in Pacific Beach, was dedicated to the city of San Diego last year to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. On Sept. 11 of this year, in the middle of the night, one of the replica Twin Tower sculptures was knocked to the ground.
"I can't imagine anybody possibly doing something to harm a shrine like that," said 40-year Pacific Beach resident Larry Phelps.
Firefighters were disheartened when they made the discovery. It was found next to an actual beam from the Twin Towers.
But with a new 24-inch base underneath each tower, the memorial is stronger and more secure.
"We beefed up the inside, made a big sleeve [and] lag bolted that into the concrete," said Tim Swanson, the firefighter who made the memorial.
Swanson designed and built the two stainless steel replicas by hand. He was out of town when the memorial was vandalized. He worked in the Monday afternoon heat to put both towers back up again.
"It's here for a reason," Swanson told 10News as he worked. "It's here to honor all the firefighters and public safety personnel. You know, it was unfortunate that it happened… just glad it's fixable and it's back up now."
Residents on Monday could not be more thrilled.
"It's much better, yeah," said resident Bob Quade.
"Yeah, it looks very good," added resident Dick Eppley. "Very good."
Phelps added, "They got it back up. I'm really proud of these guys."
San Diego police said though the vandal has not yet been caught, they are following up on a lead. Police do have surveillance video from a nearby convenience store.
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