Members of Theatorium #1493 chapter of The Questers presented framed 9/11 artifacts to Red Lodge Fire Rescue, Sept. 9. While visiting Red Lodge in August 2011, Terence Scott, a 9/11 volunteer recovery worker from Staten Island, gave Red Lodge Fire Rescue these artifacts from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Scott recovered a large piece of metal from a fire engine beneath the rubble. He cut many small pieces of the metal to give to New York area police and firefighters, survivors, and families of victims of the tragic event. In 2011, he and his wife took a cross county trip, taking along a few metal fragments and several photographs that Scott had taken as he walked back to the ferry after working all day at Ground Zero. People often refer to the bubbles in his photograph as “spirits rising from the ashes.” For the first time in ten years, he decided to give some of the metal fragments to those with no direct relation to the event. If he felt a special connection with a person he met on the trip, he gave a photograph; if he felt a special connection to a town, he gave a photograph and a metal fragment to the local firehouse.
Scott speaks fondly of his unplanned visit to Red Lodge where he won a first place trophy for his motorcycle during the Antique Car and Motorcycle Show. He also recalled having a fabulous dinner at the Elks. In addition to the photograph and metal fragment given to Red Lodge Fire Rescue, he gave photographs to two local residents; Pamela Todd, and Tim Buckstead, owner of Bone Daddy’s. The Questers is an international antiques and historic preservation organization. Theatorium #1493 was chartered in Red Lodge in 2011 and currently has seven members: Karen Hergenrider; Bonnie McKown; Tera Reynolds, Chapter President; Lynn Schmaltz; Pamela Todd, Montana State Organizer; Warene Wall; and Colleen Winchell. Questers are encouraged to participate in historic preservation projects in their local communities. Members of Theatorium #1493 chose the framing of the 9/11 artifacts as their first preservation project. For further information about The Questers, call: Tera Reynolds (406-425-3913) or Pamela Todd (406-446-1137).