VIDEO/PHOTOS: A unique piece of history has returned home to one North Texas town.
A 1948 fire engine was recently discovered in a field by landowners in Sweetwater, Texas.
Anna Fire Chief Ray Isom says the landowners contacted the department and offered to donate the engine back to the city.
“They actually sent photos of it,” Isom said. Historical photos confirmed it was the truck from Anna, Texas. Not long after, the 1948 engine was being loaded on the back of a tow truck, headed home.
Wayne Tilley was a volunteer firefighter in Anna from the late 1950s until 1980. He’s made hundreds of calls on the truck but never knew what happened with it.
Seeing it parked outside the fire station brought back memories, he said.
“I'm tickled to death to see it,” Tilley told NBC 5.