Utah fire department auctioning off the past to pay for the future

  • Source: Deseret News
  • Published: 08/02/2022 12:00 AM

Ray Olsen has had it with the pictures. He’s been leaning against the front bumper of a 1966 American LaFrance fire truck, posing for photos as best he can, but there’s a limit, and Ray, a man for whom vanity is not a strong point, has reached it. “That’s it,” he says as Deseret News photographer Ben Braun pauses to check the latest digital images on his camera. “I’m sorry,” Ray quickly adds, relieved when he sees that Ben, as requested, is packing up his camera gear and he can be confident his torment is over. “I’m not a picture man.” What he is is a fire chief, and if the media wants to help him get the word out that the fire truck he’s leaning against is going up for auction, he’s all for it. In his line of work — namely volunteer firefighting — it’s called just part of the job.


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