NYC fire truck lowered into exhibition space at World Trade Center site

. July 21, 2011 . 0 Comments

A fire truck that rushed to the aid of victims on 9/11 returned to the World Trade Center site Wednesday as it was lowered like a huge flag-draped coffin into exhibition space for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

The truck was from the city fire department’s Ladder Company 3, which helped civilians escape from the trade center’s north tower on Sept. 11, 2001. The vehicle had sped to the twin towers from its firehouse in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood with 11 firefighters aboard — all of whom died when the towers collapsed and their rig was mangled by debris.

Battalion Chief John Moran, who was assigned to the company’s firehouse, also was killed.

A crane lowered the 60,000-pound battered remains of the truck, shrouded in a white protective covering and decorated with the flags of the Fire Department of New York and the United States, 70 feet into the site as family members of firefighters who died on 9/11 wept, dozens of firefighters saluted and bagpipers played the national anthem.

www.911memorial.org/

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