More than 10 percent of the Americans who died on 9/11 were New York City firefighters. Along with the 343 men and women killed, NYFD lost 91 pieces of equipment when the World Trade Center towers collapsed. Two of those trucks — Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 — have been restored as a rolling remembrance, meant to educate generations that were born after the 9/11 attacks.
A not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Remembrance Rescue Project was developed by firefighters to restore Rescue 4 and Rescue 5, and tour the trucks as educational tools and historical artifacts.
Fire departments around the country host Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 throughout the year, coordinating stops and developing educational programs, memorials and remembrance events.
The Project is 100% operated by firefighters from across the country volunteering their time. There are no paid members within the Remembrance Rescue Project. Donations provide the support to buy fuel, and drive the trucks around the country.
Rescue Company 4 was established on June 1, 1931 and is stationed in Queens, New York. During the 9/11 attacks, Rescue 4 lost:
- Capt. Brian Hickey, 47
- Lt. Kevin Dowdell, 46
- Terrence Patrick Farrell, 45
- William J. Mahoney, 37
- Peter Allen Nelson, 42
- Durrell V. Pearsall, 34
- Peter Brennan, 30- Squad 288
- Michael Joseph Cawley, 32 – Ladder 136
Rescue Company 5 was first established on May 16,1948. It was disbanded in 1962, but then reorganized on August 20, 1984. Rescue 5 is stationed on Staten Island. During the 9/11 attacks, Rescue 5 lost:
- Capt. Louis Joseph Modafferi, 45
- Lt. Harvey Harrell, 49
- John P. Bergin, 39
- Carl Vincent Bini, 44
- Michael Curtis Fiore, 46
- Andre G. Fletcher, 37
- Joseph Mascali, 44
- Douglas Charles Miller, 34
- Jeffrey Matthew Palazzo, 33
- Nicholas P. Rossomando, 35
- Allan Tarasiewicz, 45- Detailed to R4 on 9/10
- Lt. Michael T. Russo, Sr, 44- Detailed From Squad 1 on 9/11
To donate to the project, visit the website to learn more.