Beaver Dam FD cadets visit New York City to learn about Sept. 11 attacks

BEAVER DAM, Wis. — While the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks are a part of our collective memory, most high schoolers don’t remember them because they weren’t alive.

That’s why cadets from the Beaver Dam Fire Department spent Saturday in New York for a very special trip.

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Beaver Dam firefighter Jeremy Ducharme organized the daytrip for the 14- to 18-year-olds. In New York City, the teens received a private tour of the Sept. 11 memorial and museum by two battalion chiefs who worked during the attacks. They also traveled to a New York firehouse before flying back to Wisconsin.

Ducharme told News 3 Now the trip is similar to an ‘Honor Flight,’ when military veterans take a short trip to Washington, D.C. to see war memorials.

The cadets’ trip was funded through donations and community events.