HACKENSACK, NJ -- On the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that claimed over 3,000 lives, the City of Hackensack dedicated a monument of steel recovered from the site of the World Trade Center outside of Fire Department Headquarters. 

“This piece of steel, recovered from the site of the old World Trade Center buildings, honors the efforts of all those who died on this day 18 years ago,” said Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse. “After that tragedy, which those of us old enough to have memories of will never forget, we came together as a nation, to support each other, and especially our first responders. Every year, I am committed to honoring their memories on this date, and keeping them in my heart and prayers year-round.”

Members of the Hackensack Fire Department had long wanted to honor the memories of all civilians and emergency responders that were killed that day.  Among those killed from complications well operating at ground zero with Hackensack firefighter Dennis Walker. Dennis passed away on June 15th 2011 from cancer that was related to the recovery efforts. The idea for the steel monument outside Fire Headquarters was hatched in 2013 when Fire Chief Tom Freeman formally requested to obtain steel left from the WTC. It took two years for the pieces to be obtained from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and construction of the monument was made in concert with feedback from the HFD, Mayor and Council.

“I am humbled to yet again see the City of Hackensack come together as a community to build what started as a suggestion into reality with this monument honoring the victims of 9/11,” said Fire Chief Tom Freeman. “9/11 was the most devastating day in American history, and this monument is dedicated to all that were lost on that day, and all those who sprung to action to assist in rescue efforts on that day.”