By Sara Timm
Today Waupaca Foundry remembers those who lost their lives and those who saved lives on 9/11. #NeverForget
Employees at Plant 4 in Marinette, Wis., manufactured a specialty order of ductile iron torque plates, which will be used to restore and preserve two rescue vehicles used in emergency response at World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Waupaca Foundry manufactured the braking component for its customer, Meritor Inc., a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket products for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. The parts are on their way to the Meritor Aftermarket Distribution Center in Florence, Ky. and will be used to repair the rescue vehicles for future use.
Former Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Rescue 5 and Rescue 4 tour the country with the Remembrance Rescue Project. The nonprofit organization uses the rescues as mobile memorials and historical artifacts to educate and honor the events of 9/11 and all fallen firefighters killed in the line of duty each year. The Project coordinates with host fire departments to facilitate 9/11 educational programming, memorials and remembrance events that involve the two rescue vehicles. Rescue 4 will begin a tour of the eastern United States and rescue 5 is currently touring the West Coast.
The Remembrance Rescue Project is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit created by firefighters to restore, preserve and share Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 from 9/11 as educational tools, historical artifacts and memorials. The Project involving former FDNY Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 is an educational effort focused at society, especially youngsters who were too young to actually understand the events of September 11th and what that day means to members of the fire service and the country as a whole.
Meritor is one of the Remembrance Rescue Project’s Preservation Partners, providing replacement parts for both vehicles as well as a financial contribution, to keep the vehicles on the road for many years to come.