R. Baker & Son at 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Recently, R. Baker & Son took part in a solemn ceremony honoring the 12 firefighters from Ladder Company 3 who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The company was tasked with rigging Ladder 3’s battered fire truck into the 9/11 Memorial & Museum–a challenging task involving lowering the truck vertically through a narrow opening into the museum 70 feet below ground, then returning it to its horizontal position using only one crane. 

The solution was a special RAFT (Rigging Apparatus for Fire Trucks) custom designed by the R. Baker & Son team. They first secured the 58,000 lb. fire truck to the RAFT frame at the hangar where it was stored, then transported the truck to Ground Zero, escorted by Ladder Company 3. 

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg, firefighters, family and friends looked on, the shrouded, flag-draped truck was carefully maneuvered down into the exhibition space. The truck was then moved back into a horizontal position, and moved to the exhibition area. The company also rigged several other artifacts into the museum including the iconic World Trade Center Cross. This cross-shaped section of steel beams was discovered in the rubble and erected at Ground Zero where it stood until 2006 where it was temporarily moved to nearby St. Peter’s Church. After a ceremony attended by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and recovery workers, they transported the cross from St. Peter’s to the 9/11 Museum. 

 Cincinnati Lunch & Learn draws a crowd

August 25th, the Duke Energy Auditorium in downtown Cincinnati hosted more than 40 regional association members and prospects interested in networking and learning more about the IR profession. Association president, Dave Rupert, CMIR, shared results from the recent Investment Recovery Benchmark research. Sheldon Sharp from JM Industrial won the drawing for an iPod Touch. $25 gift certificates were won by Dave Jacobs, A-Ten C; Kim Fisher, LG&E and KU Energy; Jeremy Hudson, O’Rourke Wrecking Company and Jeff Rider, Homrich, Inc.