By Devin Sanchez
ABILENE - One West Texas fire station has a piece of history on their hands.
For the rest of the month, station one in Abilene will have Rescue 4 from New York City. The rescue unit was one of the units that responded to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
"Rescue 4, for quite a while, was the only one in service in New York so it was covering all of the city after the attacks," Kara Hunter with the Abilene Fire Department, said.
Over 400 New York firefighters responded to the September 11th terrorist attacks, including the nine firefighters assigned to Rescue 4.
"There are six members assigned. But the calls came in at shift change so nine responded," Hunter said.
Rescue 4 is part of the Remembrance Rescue Project. It travels around the country as a mobile memorial.
"The awe and respect for our firefighters and what it means to be a part of this project and bringing it to Abilene and West Texas, it kind of unites our country. We forget how many lives were lost," Hunter said.
One picture even shows exactly where Rescue 4 was the morning of September 11, 2001. Now it's at Station one in Abilene and the firefighters say they're honored to have a piece of history at their station.
"I saw a lot of grown men holding back tears, that's their brothers that were lost on this vehicle, a lot of guys had to step back. Hearts kind of stopping, their breath being taken away for a few minutes," Hunter said.
Rescue 4 came to Abilene after the station was contacted by the Remembrance Rescue Project.
"There's no one allowed inside of it. That's out of respect for the families. When it returns to New York City, the families will be the ones who go inside and pay their respects," Hunter said.
The unit will be in Abilene until the end of May and is currently looking for another station to play host.
"We'll be contacted by the Remembrance Rescue Project and they'll let us know where it goes next," Hunter said.
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