Thin red line: Wisconsin trucker, firefighter pursues dual passions

  • Source: The Trucker
  • Published: 04/12/2021 12:00 AM

PHOTO: It’s not uncommon for someone to have to choose between making a living and pursuing something they are passionate about. Dan Ravenhorst of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has found a way to do both, driving his 2019 Mack Anthem 64T and volunteering at the city’s Township Fire and Rescue Station 1. “I bought (the truck) in March 2020, so I’ve had it a year now,” Ravenhorst said in an interview with The Trucker. “It’s my first brand-new truck.” Like his previous truck, a red 1994 Freightliner Classic XL, the black Mack is customized with tributes to firefighters. “I decided to go with the ‘Thin Red Line’ theme,” he said. “Black is the color of mourning, and that thin red line (in an American flag motif) represents fallen firefighters.” The logos of fire departments around the world — including the fire department that Ravenhorst is a part of — incorporate the Maltese cross emblem.


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