Recently retired Wausau firefighter brings truck from 1936 back to life

  • Source: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau
  • Published: 01/06/2019 02:58 PM

VIDEO: A longtime member of the Wausau Fire Department retired last week, but not before leaving behind a piece of history for the entire community to enjoy. Meet Steve Robers, as of 6:45 on Friday, January 4th, a retired lieutenant and 22-year veteran of the Wausau Fire Department. In the last year before Robers bid farewell, he made it his mission to get this truck, a 1936 Pirsch Engine, back on the road. The truck was in the hands of a construction company in Stevens Point for years before they cleared space, and sent it home to Wausau fire. "You know it had some issues; (the truck) was barely running,” Robers says. “The fuel was clogged up; the carburetor was gunked up, those types of things.” Paul Czarapata, the Battalion Chief of the fire department, witnessed Robers’ work on the Pirsch. “It wasn't just a few sparkplugs or a few wires,” Czarapata says. “It was tracking down some pieces that were in somebody's warehouse in Washington."


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