By Bob Balgemann
POPLAR GROVE - FDNY Rescue 4, one of the first vehicles to respond to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, will be at the Vintage Wheels and Wings Museum on Saturday July 19 for the annual Wheels Festival.
The truck was damaged while at the scene of the terrorist attack on America and now is being restored and preserved, along with Rescue 5, as an educational project.
Primary focus of the Remembrance Rescue Project is on children who were too young to actually understand the events of that day, as well as what it meant to members of the fire service and the country as a whole.
Steve Terry is coordinating this year's fund-raiser for the museum and scholarship program. He said he was elated to be able to have Rescue 4, the sixth or seventh truck to respond to the twin towers, in town for the festival. Trucks 4 and 5 were purchased by a group of firemen in New York for the project.
There also will be photographs showing Rescue 4, and other New York Fire Department vehicles, in action on Sept. 11.
Gates for the festival will open at 9 a.m. and activities will continue to 11 p.m., with live entertainment starting at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; children under 11 are free; the concerts together cost another $10 per person. .
A 105-mile Scholarship Fund Run will leave the starting point, Prairie Street Brewery, 200 Prairie St. in Rockford, at 11 a.m. Continental breakfast will be served from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at a cost of $5.
Stops will be at Historic Auto Attractions Museum in Roscoe and the Volo Auto Museum in Volo. The run will end at the site of the festival, 5151 Orth Road in Poplar Grove.
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