KNOXVILLE, TN – Sept. 13, 2019 – Visitors can view special items associated with the “Freedom Engine,” a tribute gift from East Tennesseans to New York City following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, now through Oct. 13 at the Museum of East Tennessee History.
East Tennesseans contributed more than $940,000 to purchase and equip a 95-foot tower ladder truck for Harlem-based Ladder Company 14, helping the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) replenish the largest vehicles in the city's firefighting fleet. The named "Freedom Engine" went into service during March 2002 and was dedicated Sept. 11 of that year.
FDNY typically retires their trucks from regular service after about 10 years. The Freedom Engine went into reserve status in 2013. Upon retirement, several artifacts associated with the truck, including a bucket door, captain's helmet, memorial plaque from the people of East Tennessee, and a presentation plaque containing a piece of World Trade Center metal, were returned to East Tennessee and donated to the East Tennessee Historical Society. These items along with a video about the project will be on display.
For more information, visit www.easttnhistory.org/exhibits/freedom-engine.
About the Museum of East Tennessee History
The Museum of East Tennessee History is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The Museum is located in the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37901. There is an admission charge Monday-Saturday and each Sunday is Family Day and free to the public. For more information, call 865-215-8830, email eths@eastTNhistory.org or visit www.easttnhistory.org.
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