Knoxville students learn about 9/11 from N.Y. rescue truck

Knoxville students learn about 9/11 from N.Y. rescue truck

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Volunteers teach students about 9/11. Volunteers teach students about 9/11.
11 firefighters who responded on 9/11 with Rescue 5 were killed. 11 firefighters who responded on 9/11 with Rescue 5 were killed.
"Remember, simply put, remember what happened that day," firefighter and volunteer John Jacquette said, "Remember the sacrifice the men and women who lost their lives on that day." "Remember, simply put, remember what happened that day," firefighter and volunteer John Jacquette said, "Remember the sacrifice the men and women who lost their lives on that day."
Kids were allowed to touch the engine to connect with a piece of history. Kids were allowed to touch the engine to connect with a piece of history.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Students at a Beaumont Elementary school got a lesson on the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Tuesday.

A New York City rescue fire truck that responded on that day stopped by the school.

Firefighters volunteer their time to bring these trucks to cities across the country, so the younger generation can learn about the sacrifices made that day.    

"How many people survived on 9/11?" asked one of the students. "They estimate over 20,000 were in the towers," said Chicago firefighter and Remembrance Rescue Project volunteer John Jacquette.

Jacquette has volunteered a week of his time to educate young people about what happened on 9/11.

As part of the Remembrance Rescue Project, he has driven Rescue 5, one of the trucks that responded on 9/11, to more than a dozen cities.

He hopes to teach the students one thing.

"Remember, simply put, remember what happened that day," he said, "Remember the sacrifice the men and women who lost their lives on that day."

The eleven firefighters who responded inside Rescue 5 on 9/11 all died in the terrorist attack.

Jacquette says he is amazed what children do or do not know about what happened on that day.

"That people died," said 5th grader Mafanta Kannah. "That's all I know."

"These planes, like Osama Bin Laden's men, they took over them and they crashed into Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and the World Trade Center," said 5th grader Chris Thayer.

Jacquette says he volunteers his time to drive rescue five because it is his way of giving back to those who died on 9/11.   

"We encourage them to touch the truck," said Jacquette. "We want them to connect with it. You can watch videos, you can read, but actually seeing something and touching something that was part of 9/11, I think, carries a great significance."     

Rescue 5 will be making at stop at the Summit Hill fire station in Knoxville Tuesday, before heading to Kentucky to make more steps.

The project has two rescue trucks that were used in 9/11 and more than two million people have been able to see them across the country.

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