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9/11 fire truck stops at Deer Springs Station 12

September 09, 2013
Ladder Fire Truck 152, a fire truck used by the New York Fire Department on Sept. 11, 2001, passed through the Deer Springs Fire Station 12 on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The ground-zero truck was escorted by San Diego sheriffs, U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security, El Cajon police, San Diego police, Escondido police, Chula Vista police, and the California Highway Patrol. It was en route to the San Diego Hilton Hotel near the Convention Center as part of a memorial tour in remembrance of those Americans who died on 9/11.

NYFD Truck 152 is a reminder of the people who were just going about their daily lives when a sudden act of unprecedented violence took them from us. Immediately following the attack, Americans came together as never before since the Second World War.

For a brief moment we forgot all our differences and became united in purpose and concern for our fellow citizens. Messages of solidarity and condolences came from every corner of the world. As an act of allegiance we Americans promised individually and as a nation to never forget those who perished on that day.

Retired Lt. Joe Torrillo, a survivor of the 9/11 attack who accompanied Truck 152, stated that, "New York public safety (agencies) lost over 400 personnel in addition to 343 firefighters, 70 policemen, and 16 EMTs". More than 3000 Americans lost their lives on that day of infamy. As a nation we have vowed to never forget.

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