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Old 07-13-13, 12:12 PM   #1
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Any New York Fireman Here

I took a vacation to NY last month and walked up on Engine 54 Ladder 4 Battalion 9 Firehouse. "Pride of Midtown". I was standing there reading the names and looking at the pics of the firemen from that station that lost their lives on 911. very sad and humbling experience to say the least. The stuff that ran thru my mind while I was standing there by myself paying my respects was all over the place, I have to fight back emotions every time I look at the pics I took on my phone. While I was standing there the doors came open and Engine 54 and Ladder 4 came out going on a call. It never hit me till just a couple of days ago, but are these the same trucks that were at 911? Or did they replace them? Being from Texas I have always felt terrible for the people of NY and police and fireman for what they had to go thru that day and the many days after. But, it never really hit me hard till I went on the vacation and went to the memorial and to the little museum that was put together my family's of the victims, and then walked up on the firehouse and saw the faces.
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Old 07-13-13, 03:14 PM   #2
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What you're feeling is pretty much a normal thing.
Most people don't feel the full effect of that thing (life altering event) until they actually walk up on it.
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I have a very good friend, a former NY firefighter, that has a son, also a NY firefighter, that suffered terrible guilt because he swapped shifts with a fireman that died in the attack.

Either of them could answer your question but I'm not gonna bring it up.

I would think that the equipment would have cycled out by now.
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Maybe not. I remember we had an already prehistric engine when the attack took place, and we didn't get a new one till just a few years ago, and only because the old girl was deemed "unsafe."
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