N.Y. firetruck from 9/11 coming to Fort Mill

Special to the Fort Mill TimesOctober 20, 2013 

The NYFD's Rescue 5 will be on display at the Flint Hill Fire Dept. in fort Mill Wednesday. Everyone is invited to visit, take photos and ask questions.

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— It is more than just a fire truck.

For firefighters and people around the country, Rescue 5 is a symbol of Sept. 11, 2001, and the effort to keep alive the memories of those lost in the terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, D.C., that day.

The Rescue 5 fire truck will be at the Flint Hill Fire Department, located at 1950 Hwy. 21 Business in Fort Mill rom 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23. Residents will have the chance to see the truck, take pictures, ask local firefighters questions and learn more about 9/11 said Lt. Mike Davis of the Flint Hill Fire Department.

“We lost a lot of brotherhood in that truck,” he said.

The Rescue 5 truck will remain at the Charlotte Fire Station through December as part of the Remembrance Rescue Project, a not-for-profit created and operated by firefighters to restore, preserve and share Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 from 9/11.

“Now is the time to see it,” Davis said.

The project began in July 2011, when firefighters purchased the former FDNY Rescue 3 from the City of New York where it was going to be scrapped. Unfortunately, engine failure forced the group to switch the truck for Rescue 4 at the scrap yard, according to the Project’s website. Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 now exist as a campaign for remembrance of fallen firefighters and 9/11.

The trucks are used as educational tools, historical artifacts and memorials, according to the Project’s website. The trucks aim to teach the younger generation about 9/11 and what the day means to the country and the members of the fire service.

Proceeds from T-shirt, hat and decal sells while Rescue 5 is at the Flint Hill Fire Department will go toward preserving the trucks.

Davis said the truck represents a reminder of that fateful day and how important every moment is.

“[The crew] had no idea they weren’t going to come home,” He said. “You aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.”

For more information or to donate, go to remembrance.com.

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