Spokane Valley Fire Department Capts. Pat Schaffer, right, and Tag Baugh hoist a 1,200-pound steel beam that was recovered from the World Trade Center into place at the department's new administration building Sunday. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
Yesterday SR photographer J. Bart Rayniak and I visited three local memorial events honoring those that died in the Sept. 11 attacks 10 years ago. The Spokane Valley Fire Department dedicated its new administration building and installed a 1,200 pound steel beam that was part of the twin towers. Nearly 260 firefighters from all over the Northwest climbed 110 flights of stairs, the same number of stairs in the Towers, in the downtown Bank of America building. They each carried the photo and biography of at least one of the New York firefighters who died that day. A memorial service held during the Spokane Interstate Fair was well attended and included firefighters and police. Click here for the story and here for a photo slideshow.