The discovery is both shocking for the amount of time that has passed by – and bothersome for the painful memories it has resurrected.
A five foot section of airplane landing gear from one of the jetliners that crashed into the Towers in 2001.
It was found Friday, lodged in between two buildings — one of them a Mosque — just a couple of blocks away from the World Trade Center Site.
“Then all of a sudden you get a phone call, and something else related to 9/11 has happened. That’s completely uncalled for. I mean, this should have been found a long time ago”, said retired FDNY Fire Chief Jim Riches.
Retired Deputy Fire Chief Jim Riches lost his son – who was also a firefighter – on 9/11.
“They’re finding big pieces like that, there’s gotta be body parts all over lower Manhattan”, said Riches.
But is there a silver lining to finding this old piece of machinery? Riches says yes – particularly for 9/11 families still looking for closure.
“Yeah it opens up everybody’s eyes. Let’s get this going. I mean, there are mistakes being made. We’re not pointing fingers at anybody. We just feel we need a full comprehensive search of lower Manhattan. Give the medical examiner’s office and the other city agencies a hand in searching for the human remains, body parts and other parts, and let’s get this search done once and for all”, Riches said.