Mayor Sylvia Petillo said Tuesday a story and photos about the borough’s 9/11 Memorial will appear this fall in a new book produced by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey highlighting how towns used steel artifacts from the World Trade Center to create memorials.
She said at the request of the Port Authority she wrote a description of how the steel was obtained and transported to Hopatcong from New York City.
She said borough officials went to New York to get the artifacts. Local fire trucks lead the way. While they were in New York, Petillo said, the public works department called towns along Route 80 to alert local police that the steel was going to pass through their town.
The result, she said, was that in each town local police joined the procession to lead the Hopatcong group through their town, resulting in a colorful and important trip down the interstate.
Petillo said she sent the Port Authority that story and several photos, and they said they would use both pieces in different parts of the book.