VIDEO: The Lexington Fire Department is saying goodbye to a reliable and trustworthy member of the team.
For more than 60 years, firefighters knew their ladder truck would get them to the fire. Thousands of miles later, it’s time to retire the truck. Lexington Fire Chief Paul Jarrett is going over the retiring ladder truck for the last time.
“It has a long, long history,” Jarrett said. “Everybody that I can think of has some sort of connection to that fire truck.”
Built in 1958 and refurbished in 1997, many Lexington firefighters rode on the back or in the cab of the aerial ladder truck. With such an impressive service record, Jarrett can’t imagine seeing this work horse sit in one spot.
“We would use it anytime we needed extra help if we had a large call. It was always in operation,” Jarrett said.
The 62-year-old ladder truck is waiting for its fate at the city garage parking lot. In this case, the final resting place brings plenty of smiles.