Fire truck in Pike County responded to Pentagon on 9/11

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

A ladder truck that responded to the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon 10 years ago displayed a large American flag in Pike County.

9/11 is a day we will never forget although many of us were not in New York or Washington, D.C.

However, a ladder fire truck at a Pike County fire department was there.

"We bought this truck in 2008. After we bought the truck and got the title, we found out that it responded to the Pentagon. And that really amazed us," said Jim Blackburn, assistant chief.

Big Creek Volunteer Fire Department had the truck repaired of damages from 9/11.

The truck was displayed with a large flag in remembrance of September 11th, 2001.

The fire department sounded a siren each time a plane hit 10 years ago at 8:46, 9:03, and 9:37a.m.

Volunteer firefighters gathered for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

The chief says that day affected our country in more ways than one.

"Not only did we lose so many lives, it just changed our whole nation, the way we feel about our safety and the way we live," said Rickie Green, chief.

Some first responders say 9/11 had a positive impact on our country.

"The real winners are us. All it did was unite us and make us stronger," said Chief Green.

The chief says 9/11 changed the way they fight fires today.

One of the firefighters says 9/11 is what sparked his interest in volunteering to help others.

The ladder truck is used on calls, something Big Creek firefighters say is pretty special.

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