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Updated Sep 11, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Yuma receives piece of World Trade Center for memorial

A tragic part of our nation's history is making its way to the southwestern part of the state of Arizona.

The New York and New Jersey Port Authority granted the Yuma Fire Department a piece of the Twin Towers that collapsed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The I-beam is 24 inches long and weighs approximately 160 pounds.

Fire personnel and local contractors got together to build a memorial at Yuma's new fire station No. 1. It will be unveiled Wednesday morning.

"It's being dedicated to those fire service and law enforcement personnel that died along with those innocent victims of 9/11," said Mike Erfert of the Yuma Fire Department.

The memorial was built by the Yuma Fire Department to honor the more than 3,000 lives killed during the terror attacks on 9/11.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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