Wartime Museum VA Receives 9/11 Fire Engine and Artifacts

The planned Americans in Wartime Museum in Dale City (VA) will soon add a fire engine involved in the response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center towers to its permanent collection.

The Fire Department of the City of New York’s Squad 252 engine was on display at the McCoart Building during a ceremony honoring the acquisition of the artifacts, and the squad’s crew who died at Ground Zero. The nonprofit museum obtained the engine through an agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the help of volunteer.

A crushed FDNY Chevrolet Lumina and other items from Ground Zero were also on display at the ceremony and will become part of the museum’s collection.

Law enforcement and fire and rescue officials escorted the artifacts as they were driven on a flatbed truck from New York to the McCoart building between Tuesday and Thursday.

“As the vehicles came from New York to the Pentagon to here, people came out on overpasses all along the way, saluted the vehicles, waved [and] honked their horns,” Kathy Bentz, director of operations at the museum said. “It was just a heartfelt outpouring of support.”

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