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National Law Enforcement Museum Acquires Steel Beam from Ground Zero

May 4, 2011

Washington, DC — The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the acquisition of a noteworthy and special artifact — a structural beam collected from Ground Zero in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The beam is about 60” tall and weighs approximately 2,200 pounds. It is currently housed in the Museum’s off site collection facility outside Washington, DC, until the Museum opens in late 2013.

As we mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 2001 — the deadliest day in law enforcement history — the National Law Enforcement Museum is especially honored and grateful to receive this gift from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

What started out as an ordinary morning on September 11, 2001, turned into a violent and deadly day, when terror struck American soil. Among the thousands who died were 72 law enforcement officers, including 37 from the New York and New Jersey Port Authority and 23 from the New York City Police Department — all of whom are forever remembered at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

The acquisition of this remarkable piece will better enable the Museum to illustrate the events of that fateful day and of law enforcement’s heroic response to the terrorist attacks. It will forever serve as a tangible reminder and a way by which to honor the admirable law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on that day.

“I am excited that the Memorial Fund was among a handful of groups selected to receive a piece of history such as this. This artifact will help our efforts to share with the American public the sacrifices made by so many on that tragic day — a day when we lost more law enforcement officers than any other day in our nation’s history,” said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the Memorial Fund.

Part of the Museum’s core exhibitions include a History Time Capsule exhibition, which looks at the history of law enforcement in the United States. Currently, the Museum has several items from September 11, 2011, including a tool box, air tank, American flag, and a piece from one of the airplanes.

Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the National Law Enforcement Museum ( will be an architecturally inspiring, 55,000 square foot, mostly underground museum that will be located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in downtown Washington, DC. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, collections, research and education.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges Brent Clark, Law Enforcement Ambassador; Richard Dore, President, FOP Lodge #333, Duchess County, NY; Lee Lelpi, President, 9-11 Family Foundation; and Christopher Ward, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for their assistance with the acquisition of this steel beam and for their support of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s efforts to build the National Law Enforcement Museum.

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Steve Groeninger | (202) 737-7135