We spent July 4th, 2011 shooting in Beavercreek, OH. Their WTC Steel was being taken out for public viewing on a flatbed truck one last time before being installed on the site for the 9/11 Memorial. We had a chance to catch up with school teacher Jo Ann Rigano, a transplanted New Yorker living in Beavercreek and Beavercreek Firefighter Brian Seabold.
Jo Ann and her fifth grade class sponsored an NYC firehouse after the 9/11 attacks, sending gifts for over a year. She also helped organize a trip for the NYC Firefighter to visit Beavercreek, OH as a thank you for their service at Ground Zero. Brian Seabold worked on Ohio Task Force One and helped in the recover efforts at Ground Zero. He volunteered to pick up the WTC Steel from Hangar 17 last year.
The day was filled with Fourth of July festivities including a parade and fireworks. The WTC Steel Artifact took center stage at both events.
Screen shots from the documentary, The Art of Memories, currently in production:
Beavercreek, OH school teacher Jo Ann Rigano shows off her cross made from WTC Steel. It was given to her by NYC Firefighters when her class sponsored a NYC fsirehouse immediately after September 11th, 2001.
A New Yorker transplanted in Ohio, Jo Ann shares three albums of photos from the days the NYC Firemen came to visit Beavercreek.
Everything that Jo Ann wore that day was red,white and blue — her nails, her earrings and even her hand towels in her guest bathroom displayed her patriotism.
Brian Seabold discusses the fundraising process, laughing as he remembers one event that involved high school students and a disco ball hanging in the firehouse.
Despite the rain, Beavercreek, OH residents came out to see the parade and the WTC Steel Artifact included in the procession.
The WTC Steel can be seen on the back of the truck as it is greeted by the flag wearing Fourth of July Parade spectators.
A Fourth of July firework burst lights up the WTC Steel Artifact silhouetted in the foreground.