A vintage fire truck bell may soon sound again in Pennsylvania

  • Source: Sewickley Herald
  • Published: 05/17/2024 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: A piece of Leetsdale fire department history has made its way back to the borough. Mary Jane Wasco, daughter of the late Fire Chief Charlie Wasco, donated the bell of a 1937 Ahrens-Fox fire truck that was driven by her father for many years. She presented it to council and borough firefighters May 9. “Hopefully it can serve in some way as a memorial to all those men and women through the years who have served Leetsdale as a fire person,” Wasco said. “I’m happy that it’s coming back to where it started, with the borough.” The chrome bell was on the passenger side of the truck and was struck when crews would respond to emergencies. Most trucks in the 1930s did not have the loud sirens like more modern vehicles and those in operation today. Wasco said her father bought the truck from the borough in the early 1970s.


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