Abington Township firefighters and police officers will now have a special place where they can recall the sacrifices that were made by so many on September 11, 2001 as well as reflect on the importance of the dedication and bravery they demonstrate each day in the community.
On September 11, 2013, dozens of community members, police and firefighters, veterans, and township officials gathered at 2200 Florey Lane in Abington for the dedication of a memorial constructed to honor the sacrifices made by thousands of American citizens who perished in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The memorial’s focal point is a sitting area surrounding a steel beam artifact from the World Trade Center. A new flag pole stands alongside the newly-installed memorial.
“This steel beam from the World Trade Center is dedicated to the emergency personnel who responded on 9/11/01 and to the 411 who lost their lives. Their sacrifice renews our commitment to provide excellent emergency services to the communities we serve,” stressed Ken Clark, Abington Township Fire Marshal, while addressing attendees of the September 11 dedication.
The memorial is located near the Abington Township Fire Department Training Grounds and the Abington Township Public Safety Training Facility, which over the last 56 years, has trained thousands of firefighters and police officers.
“While we reflect on the past, we look to the future to continue to provide excellent police and fire services. That's why it is most fitting that our 9/11 Memorial is placed here, where it can be seen by those who make a difference daily in saving lives in our community,” explained Dave Schramm, Abington Township Fire Services Administrator.
Following his speech, Schramm presented commendations to the five local businesses who provided the funding for the construction of the memorial: Lindy Corporation, Goodman Properties, Galman Group, Bryner Chevrolet and Susquehanna Bank. Schramm thanked them and noted that the memorial would not have been possible without their generous support.Abington Officer Ronald Griffith, who on September 11, 2001 was a detective with the NYPD, and one of the first responders, also spoke during the dedication ceremony. He reflected, "Though my experience may have been unique from yours, my pain was not...we all experienced it. Neither time nor distance has enabled us to forget. I am so pleased to see that, through the creation of this memorial, you are not forgetting."