FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Two off-duty firefighters are driving cross country to New York City and will return with a piece of the World Trade Center before the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
South King Fire & Rescue Firefighter Sven Schievink and Lieutenant Scott Mahlen left Federal Way at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday for a 54-hour drive. They'll come back August 30 with a beam from one of the fallen towers.
The trip is being paid for through donations and both men are using their personal time to make the journey. They’ll haul the beam back in a specially decorated trailer, borrowed from another firefighter.
“Since I grew up there, I talk to some of my friends back there and they're amazed we're driving all the way across the country to come and honor their fallen. It kinda amazes some of neighborhoods that people out here haven't forgotten what happened on that day,” said Schievink.
Before the beam arrives back to Federal Way, it will visit each of the 9/11 crash sites and stop in Chicago, Mt. Rushmore and finally Sun Valley.
You can follow the firefighters' journey on South King Fire & Rescue's Facebook page.