VIDEO: What would you do if your community had no fire protection?
For residents in Franklin County back in the 1950s, it meant petitioning for a fire district and buying a firetruck.
After Franklin County Fire District #3 formed in 1953, the district bought their first firetruck in 1955, a brand new International ‘tanker’.
After serving the community for several years the commissioners sold the truck as surplus.
“Most of the time when we excess something not usable we get rid of it and we never see it again,” said the district’s current Fire Chief Mike Harris.
However, Harris got a call back in June 2019 from a man wanting to donate the truck back to the district where it originally came.
Not only was the man willing to donate the truck, but he had fully restored it.
The entire station was ecstatic about the opportunity to bring a piece of history home.