Monster truck pays tribute to fallen firefighters on 9/11

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The monster trucks are hitting the track this weekend, and there's one truck in town honoring those who serve our country.

Jeremy Slifko is the driver of Backdraft -- a monster truck dedicated to firefighters. He spent Thursday afternoon signing autographs at the Advance Auto Parts store in Independence.

Slifko loves driving Backdraft because it's not your normal intimidating engine. It has the race number 343, which represents the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11.

"This truck is the only fire truck that is in competition throughout the entire United States. It's very rewarding to be behind the wheel," Slifko said.

Charlie's House safety volunteers were also out in Independence on Thursday teaching kids about fire safety.

Backdraft will appear at the Monster Truck Jam at the Sprint Center.

The show runs Friday to Sunday. Tickets start at $17.

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