Sep 2, 2015 7:57 PM
9/11 World Trade Center beam travels to new home in Portsmouth for memorial
PORTSMOUTH - Five years after putting in their initial application, the Portsmouth Police Department has finally brought home a piece of the World Trade Center to be part of a permanent memorial in the city.
Police Chief Stephen DuBois says they were persistent and it paid off.
"It’s a real good thing for all the members of law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, everybody in that field that were deeply affected that day," DuBois said.
Officers began their journey in New York City Wednesday morning where they picked up the 8 foot beam. They met with law enforcement in each state they passed through and received a a warm welcome from Granite Staters.
Ryan Poulin of Goffstown joined the Army soon after 9/11, he was part of the motorcade to bring the beam into Portsmouth.
"I really wasn't sure [about joining] and then 9/11 happened and that was the point where I go ok I'm going to join," Poulin said.
Retired East Kingston firefighter Frank Gatcomb is now a Pease Greeter, he also joined the motorcade.
"They lost 343 men I believe in the fire department alone and that hurts," Gatcomb said.
Portsmouth lost one of their own on 9/11. Thomas McGuiness was first officer on American Airlines flight 11.
Police will display the beam on September 11th as part of their annual ceremony, and eventually find a permament place for a memorial.