SC Students see fire truck they donated

March 29, 2008 4:11:56 PM PDT
They traveled more than 600 miles for a very special and emotional meeting. Students from South Carolina -- who donated a fire truck after 9/11 -- meet members of the FDNY for the first time. Eyewitness News reporter Thalia Patillo has the story.

With a grand entrance and much anticipation, the White Knoll High School marching band from Lexington, South Carolina made its way into Ladder house 101 in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The students are seeing the fire truck they raised the money to pay for after Sept. 11th for the first time.

"Imagine seven years ago we brought this fire truck up here. Now being a senior I get to see it," Courtney Stafford said. "It's a pretty amazing feeling that I actually get to see the truck."

"As the chief here today I want to say thank you for helping us pull through a very difficult time," Chief Sal Cassano said.

The students are performing at Carnegie Hall this weekend and wanted to include seeing the truck as part of their trip.

To pay for this rig the students raised 500,000 in seven months selling button as you can imagine parents are just amazed at what they did.

"Very proud and humble," Glenda Snelgrove said. "You think its just a truck but it helps people and saves lives."

"It feels real for the first time," Adam Carnell said. "You knew you raised the money but now finally there is something to show for it."

The students head home to South Carolina Sunday.


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