- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - The Battle Creek Fire Department is looking for suggestions on the best way to display a piece of steel salvaged from the 9/11 attack on New York City so it will serve as a reminder to the public.

“We are going to reach out to other people, like artists, and ask them, ‘How do you think it should be displayed,’” Fire Chief Dave Schmaltz told the Battle Creek Enquirer (http://bcene.ws/1q6jJyK ).

Schmaltz and Battalion Chief Mike Fleisher drove to New York in a pickup truck last month and returned with a 644-pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center. The 48-inch-long piece of a center column from one of the towers destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Battle Creek had to agree to display the piece in public.

“They want to make sure the artifacts are treated with the respect and dignity that close to 3,000 people lost their lives for,” Schmaltz said. “People died and I have no idea what our piece of steel went through and who touched it.”

Fleisher hopes the piece inspires firefighters, emergency responders and members of the public.

“It is about reflection,” Fleiser said again. “It is not just firefighters or police officers but every citizen needs to reflect and know why we do things that we do these days.”

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Information from: Battle Creek Enquirer, http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com

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