FORT MILL — Special to the Fort Mill Times
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 Projects 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 Projects 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 werent going to come home, He said. You arent guaranteed tomorrow.
For more information or to donate, go to remembrance.com.