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Rocky Point Fire District presents plans for 9/11 memorial

The Rocky Point Fire Department has drawn up

The Rocky Point Fire Department has drawn up plans for a 9/11 memorial that hopefully will be completed next year. Credit: Handout

In September, an emotional crowd gathered at the Rocky Point fire department in Shoreham to see a 16-foot steel I-beam from the fallen World Trade Center delivered by members of the National Guard.

At the time, no one watching knew how the rusted, bent piece of steel would be turned into a memorial. Those involved in the project hoped to create a community center that people could visit and pay respects to those that had been lost when the Twin Towers fell.

Now, the Rocky Point Fire District, which donated the land for the memorial and is in charge of the project, has revealed a first look at the design.

Joe Titone, a fire department captain and an architect, designed the memorial. In his design, the I-beam is placed slightly off center in a 15-foot-wide black reflecting pool. Titone said that the beam's reflection will seem to rise skyward. A white marble wall engraved with the names of the 9/11 victims will wrap around the pool, he said.

“At one point in the day,” Titone said, “every name will have a shadow cast over it by the beam.”

The design was unveiled to community members Wednesday night at a Shoreham Civic Organization meeting. Richard Belsky, the organization's president, said about 30 people attended the meeting and were supportive of the design. He said there will also be a plaque at the site for Kevin Williams, a Miller Place man who worked at the World Trade Center and was killed on 9/11.

Titone said the department is working with the Town of Brookhaven Planning Board for approval, but the hope is to have the memorial constructed by next September, the 10-year anniversary of terrorist attacks.

He said the project is in its earliest stages and the cost has not been determined. The department is selling memorial bricks for the walkway at $100 a piece to raise money for the project. There will also be a fundraiser on Saturday at Tommy’s Place in Rocky Point, 42 Broadway. The cost is $35, and the event will begin at 6 p.m.

Belsky said the fire department plans to take down the fencing around the site, on Route 25A and Tesla Street, so that people can walk around the memorial.

“It’s going to be something this community can be proud of,” he said.

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