Piece of World Trade Center Arrives in Niagara Falls

June 14, 2011 Updated Jun 14, 2011 at 6:25 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

June 14, 2011 Updated Jun 14, 2011 at 6:25 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - A giant piece of history pulled from the rubble after September 11, 2001, now makes its home in Niagara Falls.

A 3,700 pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center arrived by truck at the Niagara Falls Firehouse #8 n Hyde Park Boulevard Tuesday.

Officials say they plan to incorporate the piece of steel, along with two 19th-century alarm bells, into anew memorial on the firehouse grounds.

There, it will serve as a permanent reminder to the dangers faced by first responders everyday.

"I think it represents a lot to different people, but to us it's something that we do and we don't take for granted that everyday when the whistle goes off we may not come back, and that day, a lot of people did not come back," said Captain Frank Guthrie of the Niagara Falls Fire Department.

The fire department applied to receive the structure a number of years ago.

Officials say they plan to work with architecture and design student at Niagara University to develop a plan and design for the new memorial.