The fabled apparatus has crossed into Oklahoma and is now making its way to Calera. The Spirit spent last night in Adair and began travel to Calera first thing this morning. Once it arrives it’ll undergo restoration before heading to its final destination.
The Spirit of Oklahoma saw action in both the Oklahoma City Bombing and 9/11. The bond began 26 years ago when 10 New York firefighters came to the rescue following the Oklahoma City Bombing; those same 10 men lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.
Following the latter attack, students at a Fort Gibson school raised nearly half a million dollars to buy a new truck, which was dubbed the “Spirit of Oklahoma” and sent to New York City to aid. However, it was sold at auction.
Officials then attempted to buy the truck from its owner in Massachusetts. He gave the department two weeks—ending on June 15—to raise the $25,000 to buy and transport the truck back to Oklahoma. It would all have been for naught, but an anonymous donor stepped up with $15,000 in the 11th hour.
The Spirit of Oklahoma bears the names of the 10 heroes who lost their lives, carrying the legacy of an inseparable bond between the two states.