PA KW helps fire company honor Flight 93 heroes with fire truck

| 8/19/2002

When United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania Sept. 11, 2001, the nearby Shanksville Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene and spent the next three weeks working long, hard hours at the crash site.

Their dedication inspired a Kenworth of Pennsylvania truck salesman to spearhead an effort to help the volunteer fire company buy the new Kenworth T800B fire truck chassis they wanted.

"These fire company volunteers and the town of Shanksville have been through a lot," said Bill Burns, truck sales account manager for Kenworth of Pennsylvania in Carlisle. "I felt we could help out by putting together a team effort to significantly reduce the costs of their new, 3,000-gallon fire tanker."

Kenworth of Pennsylvania, Kenworth Truck Company and body builder New Lexington Fire Equipment Company in Rockwood, PA, worked closely with fire company officials to help reduce the overall cost. Other companies, individuals and a low-interest loan covered the rest.

"This truck is dedicated in memory of those 40 heroes onboard Flight 93 who saved countless lives by their brave actions," said Burns. The vehicle includes a plaque to remember those who perished, an American eagle graphic to serve as a tribute, and a large "United We Stand" embroidered tarp that covers the side of the body housing a portable pond assembly.

The vehicle made its debut this spring at the Pennsylvania Fire Expo in Harrisburg. It was featured in Shanksville's Independence Day parade on July Fourth, and may make an appearance during President Bush's planned visit to Shanksville to mark the one-year anniversary of September 11.