After the 9/11 terrorist attacks a severely damaged, but still alive, pear tree was found in the remains of the World Trade Center complex. The tree was rehabilitated and returned to the site, a symbol of resilience, survival, and rebirth.
Later seedlings were produced from that tree. The Albion Fire Department had one of those young offshoots planted near the firehouse, and dedicated it on September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the attacks.
|Standing by the tree and its memorial stone are two of the Albion Fire Department's oldest members, Phil Jacob and Bob Brownell, who according to rumor still miss taking care of the fire horses.|
|A good turnout.|
|The memorial stone.|
|AFD Fire Chief Bob Amber.|
|The tree is on the right, with the stone covered by Phil Jacob's turnout coat before its unveiling. To the left is the AFD Fire Bell, which dates to 1887. Oh, and a fire hydrant.|| |
|Phil Jacob again, because he deserves two pictures, along with a very cool (you can tell by the sunglasses) local author.|