'Just imagine it': Massachusetts town reclaims 1948 fire truck, seeks money for restoration

  • Source: The Patriot Ledger - Metered Site
  • Published: 01/09/2023 12:00 AM

Jane Clockadile is the daughter of an Abington firefighter and granddaughter of a fire chief. She can trace a long line of firefighters back to her forefathers in the late 19th century, such that her family history and the history of the Abington Fire Department are virtually indistinguishable. Today, Clockadile is leading an initiative to restore a fire truck purchased new by the town in 1948 for $12,500. Though she has already done a lot to locate the truck and return it to Abington, significant challenges lay ahead. "I've come this far," Clockadile, whose birth name is Whitman, said. "I'll keep on going." When her cousin, a former firefighter, challenged her to track down Abington's 1942 Seagrave engine several years ago, she put her heart and soul into the investigation. "You can see why I am doing this restoration - in memory of family members," Clockadile said.


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