TAMPA — A piece of the World Trade Center was donated to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, which plans to display it this weekend.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey donated the 13-foot-long steel beam, which weighs 1,471 pounds, as a 9/11 memorial, said Larry McKinnon, a Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Two deputies recently traveled to New York to bring the beam to Tampa. It is one of about 1,200 pieces of steel from the twin towers that donated to law enforcement agencies and fire departments around the country.
The beam will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Westfield Citrus Park mall and Sunday at Westfield Brandon mall. Responders from the Sheriff's Office, Hillsborough Fire Rescue, Tampa Fire Rescue and the Tampa Police Department will be present.
The Sheriff's Office is working with Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe to find a permanent location for the beam, possibly Heroes Plaza in Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St. in downtown Tampa.
A memorial fund was set up for public donations.