Brownsburg firefighters share memories as part of 9/11 tribute

To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Brownsburg Fire Territory compiled a series of interviews with firefighters sharing their memories of where they were on that day in history and how it has influenced them.
Some are too young to have a story. Others say the imagery of how responders helped in the aftermath of the attacks made them choose a life of public service.
“Looking at what these men and women did when I was 12 years old, it had a lasting impact. It called me to serve at a later age,” said Andrew Roembke, a firefighter with Brownsburg Fire Territory who is featured in the video montage.
“We wanted to do something special,” said Danny Brock, firefighter and public information officer with Brownsburg Fire Territory.
The video will play on a loop on September 11 under a tent at the 9/11 Memorial located at Arbuckle Commons in Brownsburg.
The memorial near Arbuckle Park includes a 10-foot steel beam recovered from the World Trade Center.
In 2009, Brownsburg firefighters learned of the opportunity to secure a piece of the World Trade Center for the purpose of memorials. After getting a court order issued by the United States District Court of Southern New York, ownership of the artifact was transferred to Brownsburg Fire Territory. In 2010, four Brownsburg firefighters traveled to JFK Airport to pick it up and bring it to Brownsburg.
Through a decade of work, the memorial found its permanent home in Hendricks County.
The 1500-pound steel beam is positioned the same as it would have been in the World Trade Center and is pointing in the direction of New York.
A link to the video tribute will also be available on the Brownsburg Fire Territory Facebook page.
Watch for the Sept. 10 ICON for more stories on how Hendricks County residents remember that day 20 years later.

In 2019, a memorial dedication was held at Arbuckle Commons for the permanent 9/11 tribute that includes the steel beam from the World Trade Center. (Photo provided by Brownsburg Fire Territory)