The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office applied for and received the 1,400-pound piece of steel from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Two deputies traveled to New York last week to bring the relic back to Hillsborough County. They returned to Tampa on Friday, April 29, 2011. A World Trade Center historian surmises that the steel beam came from the South Tower, but it will never be known for sure. About 1,200 pieces of steel from the twin towers have been donated to law enforcement agencies and fire departments across the country.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is proud to have been selected to receive one of these revered pieces of history. This relic will be a reminder of the tragedy of 9/11 but also show that the American spirit, like the steel beam, will endure.
The Sheriff's Office is working with the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to build a permanent memorial at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in downtown Tampa. A memorial fund has been established so the public can donate toward this special project.