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MFD Dispatcher's September 11 Tribute Jeep

In March of this year, Thomas J. Rak Jr. began work on a September 11 Tribute Jeep.


The term 'Never Forget' gets used a lot during discussions of September 11th, 2001. 

has gone so far as to outfit his Jeep with 9/11 memorabilia as a tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives 11 years ago.

Rak has been working on the project since March, and many of the Jeep parts and accessories were donated by businesses that wanted to be a part of what he was doing.

Among the donated items are a BDS suspension system, a VisionX light bar, a High Lift fire rescue lift and Muddy Decals. The straps were donated, as well.

Rak has displayed the Jeep at such events as the , and has other appearances coming up.

It's taken a lot of work for Rak to get the Jeep into its current shape, but he says it's all been worth it.

"People tear up and shake my hand," Rak said of the reception that the Jeep has been getting, noting how much it means to many people. "That's why I do this."

Mike Dunn

Milford Fightfighter Mike Dunn has watched the Jeep's progression, as Rak worked on the project through most of 2012. 

"He just started one day," Dunn said. "Next thing I know, it turned into this."

Dunn was himself deeply affected by the events of September 11th, 2001. Up until that day, Dunn had been working two jobs, as a firefighter in Milford and running his own landscaping company.

As Dunn sat on his couch and watched the events of 9/11 unfold with his wife, he decided to quit his landscaping business.

"I wanted to focus on my family," he said. "Because I always worked. Family is more important."

Never Forget

Rak pointed out, "A couple of people asked, 'Why are you opening up the wounds?'" 

Rak said believes that it is important to remind people that after 9/11, "We bounced back."

RONALD M GOLDWYN September 11, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I applaud Tom Rak's work. It is his way of letting us know that we should never forget those NYC firefighters who were going into the WTC while others were trying to escape. We all remember what we were doing when the events unfolded. I remarked that that I remember when an air force bomber crashed into the Empire State Building during WWll and white there was much damage and death the building survived. Now as a structural engineer I was seeing two massive buildings, each hit by airplanes come down as if it were wired with explosive charges used to demolish tall buildings. I just could not comprehend the total structural failure. Later I learned of the death of a dear friend's son-in-law who was a firefighter. His death made the event personal. This Jeep is a reminder that we should not forget but to me the term NEVER AGAIN is far more significant. It reminds us of the Holocaust during the 30's and 40's. America has other such motto's such as Remember the Alamo, Remember the Maine and remember Pearl Harbor. Do we remember? I hope so. Yes even a Jeep can help us.
robert moss September 11, 2012 at 07:06 PM
GOOD JOB TOM,I KNOW HOW DEICATED YOUR TO MILFORD AND FAMILY
C.S. September 11, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I see that Jeep all the time when I pass by the firehouse, it is awesome not only for what it represents, but for how nice it looks with all the mods on it. It is nice to get a little about the backstory for those that may not have known about it.

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