LITTLE ROCK — A relic from one of the darker days in United States history spent two weeks in the state’s capital in an effort geared toward educating those too young to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Bo Hagar and captain Dennis McCann, both Little Rock firefighters, spent the better part of the last two weeks explaining the history of New York Fire Department Rescue 5, which responded to the attacks at the World Trade Center.
Hagar called it an “extreme honor” to bring the fire truck to Little Rock.
“I don’t know [of another time] in my career where I [had the opportunity] to do something like this,” Hagar said. “The first time I stepped foot in it, the only thing I could think of is the 12 men that had been in this truck.”
“Most of [the kids] did not experience it, and don’t know much about the history of it,” McCann said. “We’re trying to enlighten them on how important that event was.”
Rescue 5 is one of two fire trucks restored by the Remembrance Rescue Project. The fire trucks are toured around the country to serve as “mobile memorials to educate, honor and remember the events of 9/11,” according to the Rescue Project’s website.
Hagar said he was contacted by the Rescue Project with hopes of beginning the 2014 tour in Little Rock. The fire truck spent one week at the Little Rock Fire Department’s central station, and one week at the Clinton Presidential Center.
“It’s been an extreme honor to bring this fire truck here to Little Rock, and to our state,” Hagar said.
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