By Lauren Martinez, Byron Teach, KVVU
A retired New York firefighter who served on the frontlines during September 11, 2001 is on mission to honor fallen firefighters.
Frank Pizarro calls Las Vegas home, but served 22 years on the New York Fire Department. He is on mission to retrofit a fire engine to carry caskets of fallen firefighters on the West Coast.
“On the east coast we had send offs for our firefighters and retired when they passed away. And they have full size fire engines that they retrofitted with a lift to carry caskets. Upon doing some research I noticed that the firefighters here don’t have that same option. I would try to bring that service and honor those guys fallen here,” Pizarro said.
Pizarro was forced to retire because of several illnesses related to September 11th. He said this caisson will not only honor those that have fallen but will honor their families.
“It’s really easy for people to say thank you which is a great thing. You should always do that. But we have to let the families know and let them- give them a sendoff with honor. So they know their sacrifice wasn’t in vain, and that they’re taken care of and they’re remembered, and they can take some pride,” Pizarro said.
With the help of the Old Tippen New Jersey Fire Department, Pizarro negotiated a deal to bring a fire engine to Las Vegas. Pizarro paid for the engine out of his own pocket.
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