LAFAYETTE, La. - The “Spirit of Louisiana” fire truck will be in Lafayette Saturday for our 20th Commemoration of 9/11. State Fire Marshal Chief Butch Browning has arranged with Fire Chief Benoit to have ”The Spirit of Louisiana” pumper brought to Lafayette to pay honor and respect to the nearly 3,000 lives lost during the 9/11 terrorist attack killing almost 400 first responders including 343 firefighters.
The ‘Spirit of Louisiana” , built by Ferrara Fire Apparatus, was delivered to New York Fire Department on December 20, 2001 after over a million dollars was raised from the generosity of Louisiana citizens. New York Fire Department lost 5 to 6 dozen apparatus during the attack. The pumper returned to Louisiana in 2019.