Okla. Delivers NYC Fire Rescue Truck


Filed at 9:41 p.m. ET


The Spirit of Oklahoma will soon be rolling through Manhattan.

The white-and-red rescue truck paid for in part by donations from Oklahoma schoolchildren was presented Friday to New York City's fire department.

Students from the Intermediate Elementary School in Fort Gibson, Okla., donated more than $500 -- at least $1 each -- toward the purchase of the $500,000 truck, called ``The Spirit of Oklahoma.''

The truck bears the names of 10 New York City emergency workers who helped in the rescue effort after the April 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City. The same 10 workers -- seven fire department rescuers and three police officers -- died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The rest of the money for the truck came from other Oklahoma children and adults.

"We have a bond with New York City more than anybody else,'' said Jonathan Scott, 12, one of the Oklahoma children joining hundreds outside the Squad 18 firehouse in New York.

An inscription on the truck reads in part: "Because of the senseless acts of terrorism on 4/19/95 and 9/11/01, a bond between our people has forever been forged. May we find strength from one another always.''

"A lot of great men from New York came and stood by our side and really, really helped us out,'' said Jon Hansen, a retired Oklahoma City deputy fire chief.

Last fall, a group of South Carolina schoolchildren raised more than $450,000 to replace a fire truck that was destroyed in the World Trade Center collapse.