Sept. 11 Fire Truck to be Unveiled at Fort Knox on Anniversary of Attacks

Sep 9, 2013

Foam 161 was severely damaged after responding to the Pentagon on 9/11. The truck has been restored and will be on permanent display at the Patton Museum at Fort Knox.
Credit Fort Knox Public Affairs

A fire truck damaged by the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon is being added to the Patton Museum at Fort Knox. 

The truck, known as Foam 161, will be unveiled at the museum Wednesday on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. 

Colonel Thomas Edwards, the Garrison Commander at Fort Knox, tells WKU Public Radio the truck is one of the museum's new exhibits on leadership.

"It's going to be a great opportunity to showcase their leadership on 9/11 when we lost over 400 first responders, mostly in New York, but these were true heroes at the Pentagon that helped fight the fire there," says Edwards.

For Edwards, the truck rekindles personal memories of September 11, 2001.

"I was actually in the Pentagon on 9/11 when the plane hit, and I remember getting out of the building and seeing this particular fire truck, and the fire truck itself was on fire because it was so close to the point of impact," recalls Edwards.

On Tuesday, the fire truck will be loaded onto a flatbed trailer and driven down U.S. Highway 31W from Fort Knox, around the Elizabethtown roundabout, and back to Fort Knox. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the community is urged to line 31-W to pay their respects to this piece of history.