Firefighters' 6,000-Mile Quest for 9/11 Memorial

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With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., less than a month away, one town in Washington state is working on a special plan to remember the victims.

That's why two firefighters from Federal Way, Wash. are on a 6,000-mile journey.

For the last two years, South King Fire and Rescue has been been trying to obtain a beam from the World Trade Center for their city's 9/11 memorial.

Their dream will soon become a reality.

"We're getting a piece of steel and we decided that we wanted to bring it back to the community to make a memorial to all the people that were lost on that day," firefighter Sven Schievink said.

Schievink and Lt. Scott Mahlen took their own personal time to drive cross-country to New York to bring the beam back.

They used Mahlen's truck and a trailer borrowed from another firefighter.

"They had the option of the piece being shipped over in a truck and essentially they said, 'No. No. No. We will go pick that piece up because it deserves that honor,'" said Kendra Kay, public information officer for the fire department.

"And so it is, bringing that here is just part of the honor and part of the whole process of bringing that here and reflecting on what happened and never forgetting," she added.

The two men are staying with firefighters in cities along the way and taking the time to visit each of the 9/11 crash sites.

They're also posting updates throughout their journey at the South King Fire and Rescue Facebook page.

On Aug. 30, the beam will arrive in Federal Way where it will become a permanent memorial to those lost on 9/11.

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