Donated New York fire truck gets new life in one of Tennessee's smallest towns

  • Source: WBIR-TV NBC 10 Knoxville
  • Published: 02/03/2021 12:00 AM

A small Morgan County community is safer after getting a surprise that will save lives. In Rugby, a new donated fire truck is the talk of the town. Rugby is mostly quiet, with few cars passing by the historic sign and the town's R.M. Brooks Store. But, on Tuesday night, the air was filled with sirens and the sky with flashing lights. It's the sound and sight that will save lives in the 2 mile-wide community. "This is a big boost for Rugby, the community and everybody's fears," Fire Chief Gerald Hanwright said. It's a fire truck, given as a gift, all the way from New York. Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dunschee helped make it happen. He's a retired New Hampshire firefighter, who reached out to his friends up north for help. "It's a small town, and they don't have the funds or, or the ability to get a truck like this, you know, it takes a lot of time and effort," Dunschee said.


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