First Responders Park
374 W. Main St.
Westerville, OH 43081
piece of World Trade Center steel 18 feet long and
weighing 2 tons is the centerpiece of First Responders Park, nestled
next to Fire Station 111 in Westerville, Ohio
The steel, knows as C-40, was
the impact site of the first plane that hit the buildings on
September 11, 2001. In its final resting
place, C-40 stands upright, facing the same direction as it once did
as part of the exterior structure of WTC 1 in New York City.
transported from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
in Gaithersburg, Md, to Westerville in August 2009. The steel
had been part of the federal
investigation into the collapse of the Towers.
It once spanned the
98th-101th floors on the north face of
WTC 1 which was struck by a 767
aircraft at 8:46am that day.
First Responders Park is also home to a
sculpture called "The Crossing", designed by by Steve Geddes & Bob
the memory of fallen firefighter Dave Theisen.
park provides all fire fighters, peace officers and dispatch
personnel, as well as the public, an inspirational and healing
setting in which to celebrate the achievements and contemplate the
losses experienced by this dedicated group. Furthermore, this
memorial also stands as a monument to all the courageous men and
women who serve, or have served, their communities and our country with honor.