ABC23: 9/11 Artifact in Bakersfield

An artifact from the World Trade Center in New York City arrived in Bakersfield on Wednesday.

This beam is a six and a half tons of steel and concrete.

It was brought down almost 15 years ago in the 9-11 attacks

The beam traveled nearly 3000 miles from New York, through tornado watches, rain and wind, a trip that truck driver Mike Edgar was first hesitant to make.

The piece was welcomed by hundreds including congressman Kevin McCarthy, who says Bakersfield, with its tight-knit first responder community, is the perfect home.

This is that sacrifice first responders make that led Laura Ortiz to pull her son out of school to see the beam.

The 9-11 memorials will be unveiled at between fire station 15 and the Bakersfield Police Department’s substation on the 15th anniversary of the attacks.