Fort Knox Honors Three 9/11 Firefighters

The Fort Knox Army post is observing the twelfth anniversary of 9/11 by honoring some of the firefighters who responded to the Pentagon on the morning of the attacks.

Al Wallace, Dennis Young, and Mark Skipper are being recognized for their heroism. The firefighters were assigned to the Fort Myer Fire Department in Arlington, VA on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Right there, up against the building–it was very difficult,” Wallace told WKU Public Radio Wednesday. “It was difficult to breathe, and we were already hypoxic from running. The smoke was coming out of the building along with the heat and the fire. And the more we worked, the more we got hurt.”

Wallace was reunited Wednesday with two of his former fire department colleagues, and the fire truck they drove to the Pentagon on 9-11.

The truck–known as Foam 161–was damaged by the fire and destined for demolition. But last year Ft. Knox acquired the truck for its permanent collection at the George Patton Museum and Center for Leadership.

Although it has been partially restored, the truck looks much like it did 12 years ago, including the soot still inside the cab.

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