Ellis County (TX) residents will have the opportunity to view Rescue Four, which served with the New York City Fire Department on Sept. 11, 2001, on Tuesday, March 26.
It will stop by the Waxahachie Fire Department’s Station No. 2 for the public to view from 5-7:30 p.m.
Waxahachie Firefighter John Seaberry detailed that Rescue Four was fully refurbished by New York firefighters who got Rescue Four from the scrap yard. They had originally tried to save Rescue 3 but that apparatus suffered catastrophic engine failure.
The non-profit group the Remembrance Rescue Project now operates two trucks, which have been retired from service from the FDNY, Rescue Four and Rescue Five. Both served at ground zero on that historic day. Rescue Four is based out of Colorado and visits western states and served with the FDNY until 2010 before it was retired. Rescue Five based in Chicago visits eastern states.
One of the goals of this organization is to educate children who were not born or are too young to understand the events of Sept. 11 and their importance in history. It also serves as a rolling memorial to honor firefighters killed on Sept. 11 and firefighters who are killed in the line of duty each year.
The project is operated by unpaid volunteers and is not affiliated with the FDNY. The funds that are raised by this organization through T-shirt sales and donations go to pay travel costs, maintenance and gas of both vehicles to keep them as an education resources.
Rescue Four was original staffed with six firefighters. On Sept. 11 two of the firefighters from the previous shift where hanging out the station when the call came in and joined the others on the call. The individuals on the truck all lost their lives. Those firefighters were Capt. Brian Hickey, Lt. Kevin Dowdell, Terrence Farrell, William Mahoney, Peter Nelson, Durrell Pearsall, Peter Brennan and Michael Cawley. Rescue Four can be seen in a photo as the dust cloud from the towers collapsing surrounds it.
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