SUBHEAD: Fire department showcases steel from terrorist attack 

CORNELIUS – A piece of steel from the World Trade Center was unveiled at the Cornelius Fire Station 1 on the 12-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Cornelius resident Harry Saake sought out a piece of steel when he saw that Rock Hill, S.C., had one. Working with town officials, they were able to obtain some steel from D.H. Griffin Wrecking Company, which helped clean up debris after the attacks.

“Today’s not about me, it’s about all these firemen, these police men, all these people who have lost their lives in the World Trade Center,” Saake said.

One life lost was that of Lester Marino, a close high school friend of Saake. He was an electrician working in Tower 2 when it was hit.

The piece of steel is a piece of history in a place where local people will be able to remember those who lost their lives, Saake said.

The 5-inch-by-5-inch piece of steel was part of the core beams of Tower 2 and weighs 90 pounds. It sits in front of a certificate of authenticity below two iconic images of firemen raising the U.S. flag over ruble.

The public is invited to stop by to see it. It was intentionally left uncased so people could touch it.