Remembrance of 9/11 heads to Mustang

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By Traci Chapman

A reminder of one of America’s darkest days is headed to Mustang Fire Department.

On Sept. 11, 2001, 11 firefighters from FDNY Rescue 5 died trying to save those at the World Trade Center. Although the crew was lost, their spirit lives on through their truck, which became part of the Remembrance Rescue Project.

The Remembrance Rescue Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The project works with fire departments across the United States to display and host the Rescues each year as an educational tool that travels across the country.

Rescue 5 will be on display at Mustang Fire Department from Jan. 26-28, Chief Carl Hickman said. While details surrounding the truck’s display are still in the works, one day will be set aside for area schoolchildren to visit and see Rescue 5, the chief said.

“This is something we’re still working on at this point,” Hickman said.

What is known is the impact Rescue 5 has on those who see it, firefighter Ed Howard said.

“It is a great honor to be a part of this project and able to help people across the country remember and learn from a true piece of American history,” Howard said.

After 9/11, FDNY Rescues 1 and 2 lost their trucks, while units for Rescues 3 and 5 required “major repairs” before they could be back into service. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, only one company – Rescue 4 – covered the city of New York.

The Remembrance Rescue Project involves Rescue units 4 and 5 and its goal is to honor and remember those involved, as well as to teach schoolchildren, especially those who are too young or who weren’t yet born at the time of the attacks.

More information about the project is available online at http://remembrance.co/.

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