- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - A chunk of steel from the World Trade Center has been gifted to a Jackson business owner who donates materials for wounded veterans’ custom homes.

Dan Griswold, who owns Griswold Carpet One in Jackson, received the recognition Wednesday from retired New York City firefighter Charles Gussmann.

Carpet One teamed up with flooring manufacturer Mohawk Industries to donate materials, time and money to Building America’s Bravest, a charity that builds handicap-accessible custom homes for veterans with catastrophic injuries, for which Gussmann is a representative.

Gussmann worked as a firefighter for more than three decades and was part of a unit that lost 20 members who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

“We started this because one of our brother firefighters, Stephen Siller, died in 9/11 - one of 343 (who died),” Gussmann said of Building America’s Bravest.

He also raises awareness for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which provides aid to wounded servicemen and women.

“But more importantly, these catastrophically injured servicemen, whatever branch of service they might be in, they’ve sacrificed so much for us,” he said. “This is just a small token that we could give back to them.”

In the coming weeks, hundreds of other Carpet One stores will be given the same honor and visited by a group of retired first responders from New York, the Jackson Citizen Patriot (https://bit.ly/1HQ6r1k ) reported.

“This is right in our wheelhouse. Something that we do every day, that we can contribute in a really large way that we can afford to do,” Griswold said of his store’s contribution to Building America’s Bravest. “We’re just excited.”

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Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, https://www.mlive.com/jackson


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