Rekindling memories of early firefighting traditions, a vintage engine truck purchased for $8,500 in 1938 has been returned to town, ending a detour that spanned nearly five decades.
The iconic engine, decommissioned in 1972, was retrieved from a barn in Michigan three weeks ago and now is being stored indoors at the public safety building until local fire officials agree on a restoration plan.
“It’s been a real morale boost after a long year,” said Fire Chief Michael Kelleher, who was instrumental in recovering the former Engine 2. “It’s one of the best things that could have happened to us.”
Kelleher said local firefighters view the vintage pumper as a community asset, and aim to refurbish it for use on ceremonial occasions. The multi-year project will likely require a substantial fundraising effort, he added.