The 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial
There’s more in Ybor City than we realized. An unexpected find: another memorial to that fateful day, and a symbol of courage, healing and hope.
This memorial was unveiled September 11, 2014 by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at the Hillsborough Sheriff’s operations center in Ybor City.
The sculpture titled “Fearless Champions” represents and pays tribute to the first responders and survivors of that fateful day. It is by artist Becky Ault. The figures of firefighters, police and civilians are life size, and made from stainless steel. The centerpiece of the memorial is a steel beam recovered from wreckage of the World Trade Center. The Tower 2 memorial has the text: ‘In Memory of World Trade Center 2‘
One might wonder why this memorial is here in this city. Probably it’s because of the following two people.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Capt. Brian Muldowney was present when the memorial was unveiled. Muldowney’s brother, a New York City firefighter, died in the line of duty on 9/11.
Retired Navy Capt. Jeff Cathey spoke at the opening. Cathey served in the U.S. Navy for 29 years. He also worked in Washington in the Secretary of Defense’s office. Cathey was raised in Tampa, played football at the University of Tampa and received a degree from the University of South Florida.
The memorial is located near the junction of E. Eighth Ave and 20th Street, Hillsborough Sheriff’s operations center in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida.