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Workers donate rescue truck

Associated Press

WYOMING, Minn. -- After months of staying a little late and working hours without being paid, the crews at General Safety Equipment have finally finished a rescue truck to donate to the New York City Fire Department.

The fresh red paint and shiny aluminum compartments are almost ready for the gritty streets of New York, nearly a year after the roughly 60 workers at General Safety pledged to build a truck following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

After about 2,000 unpaid hours of work, the truck begins its journey to New York after a Labor Day appearance at the Minnesota State Fair and then a state memorial ceremony Sept. 11.

"For the families of the people that died, firemen that died and policeman that died, we can't bring them back. But at least we can do something for the people who take up after them," said worker Steve Ouverson.

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General Safety told New York fire officials it planned to build and donate a fire truck, and NYPD said what they really needed was a rescue truck, a 2,000-hour project, instead of a 700-hour pumper truck, as employees had anticipated.

Kirvida asked employees if they would tackle that monster by posting a signup sheet to gauge their commitment.

They filled it in an hour.

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