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9/11 artifacts make stop in Coeur d'Alene

9/11 artifact makes stop in Coeur d'Alene

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Artifacts from the September 11 terrorist attacks made a stop in the Inland Northwest on Wednesday. More than 30,000 pounds of concrete from one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were at the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department.

"It's pretty emotional," Lisa Haddy said.

Haddy was driving by the Fire Station 3 when she saw some of the remains strapped to a flatbed outside.

"When I saw how these big chunks of concrete were on this truck, I just knew that they way they were strapped in that they're special," Haddy said.

For her, seeing the artifacts reminds her of her son who was born two days after the attack. She recalls being in her living room watching the events unfold.

"Standing there very pregnant going, 'I cannot have this baby today,'" Haddy said. "It was a horrible day."

She's not alone. For many people seeing these pieces brings them back to that day in 2001.

"There's a lot of heartfelt emotion," Joey Peterson said.

Peterson is driving the artifacts across the country. He said he's made eight stops so far and has two more to go. On Thursday, the artifacts will make a stop at Spokane Fire Department Station 4 before heading to the Mercer Island Fire Department.

"A lot of people I talk to either know somebody or have somebody that either works in the military or has somebody directly related with it," Peterson said.

The Mercer Island Fire Department was awarded the artifacts from a letter they wrote to the Port Authority of New York. The Port Authority owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site. The pieces given to the department were the some of the last they still had. Mercer Island Firefighter Tommy Guttu said that the artifacts will be made into an art piece and displayed at their new station.

"It is kind of symbolic of the Twin Towers," Guttu said. "However it's more deep than that. It's a lot deeper than that."

Guttu drove more than 300 miles on Wednesday to meet up with the artifacts. He'll follow them back on Thursday when they head to their final resting spot.

"It's kind of cool just being able to have something that our public and our citizens can have an area or somewhere to reflect on the events of a piece of American history," Guttu said.

Those who didn't get a chance to see the artifacts in Coeur d'Alene, can see them Thursday in Spokane. They'll be at the Spokane Fire Department's Station Four from 8 a.m. To 9 a.m.