Illinois firefighters take 4,000-mile road trip in town's 1st firetruck

  • Source: Telegraph Herald - Metered Site
  • Published: 07/15/2022 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: Two Elizabeth volunteer firefighters recently took the trip of a lifetime when they drove the town’s first firetruck along U.S. 20 from Elizabeth to Newport, Ore., a round-trip journey of more than 4,000 miles. Bob “Hambone” Wand, who is retired from the Elizabeth Fire Department, and Jacob Krug, a current volunteer, left Elizabeth on June 17 in the 1½-ton 1937 Chevrolet Rotary Fire Pump firetruck. They were accompanied by a couple of “chase” cars for moral and mechanical support that carried Wand’s wife, Kathy; his daughter Heather; his son Casey; and friend Bonnie Knight, all of Elizabeth. Wand acquired the truck in 2002. “It was Elizabeth’s first firetruck,” he said. “When the truck was sold, I knew who the department had sold it to. The guy just kept it in a nice garage, and when he was selling it, I went and got it.”


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