The Calera (OK) Fire Department is working to bring home “The Spirit of Oklahoma,” an up-for-sale fire truck sent to New York City to help with 9/11 recovery, reports newson6.com.
The bond between New York and Oklahoma 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 named the “Spirit of Oklahoma” and sent to New York City to aid. However, it was recently sold at auction.
Officials now want to buy the truck from its current owner in Massachusetts. He gave the department two weeks to raise the $25,000 to buy and transport the truck to Oklahoma. As of this posting, the Calera Fire Department is up to $2,303 on its GoFundMe page, which has a deadline of June 15.