Morristown group needs donations to help restore city's first fi

Morristown group needs donations to help restore city's first fire truck

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The Morristown Fire Department purchased its first motorized fire engine, a 1916 American-LaFrance in that same year for $9,000. (source: First Fire Truck Fund) The Morristown Fire Department purchased its first motorized fire engine, a 1916 American-LaFrance in that same year for $9,000. (source: First Fire Truck Fund)
Neither the City of Morristown nor the Morristown Fire Department is involved with the truck's restoration. The work will be done by volunteers using donations from the community to a non-profit called First Fire Truck Fund. Neither the City of Morristown nor the Morristown Fire Department is involved with the truck's restoration. The work will be done by volunteers using donations from the community to a non-profit called First Fire Truck Fund.

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - Three Morristown firefighters are working to restore the city's first fire truck, but donations are needed.

The Morristown Fire Department purchased its first motorized fire engine, a 1916 American-LaFrance in that same year for $9,000.

The engine served the city for many years, but was eventually replaced by a newer model and placed out of service.

The truck was placed in the playground of Hamblen County's Cherokee Park in 1956 so children could pretend to be a firefighter.

It remained there until 1995 when it was deemed a health hazard and moved to a spot at the edge of a wooded area near Cherokee Lake. It remained there for years, deteriorating with time.

Lt. Darrell Hodge took note of the fire engine after noticing an article in the Morristown newspaper. He, Engineer Danny Case and Deputy Chief Clark Taylor decided to restore the old engine and return it to the fire department.

The Hamblen County Commission granted the three ownership in 2010.

Neither the City of Morristown nor the Morristown Fire Department is involved with the truck's restoration. The work will be done by volunteers using donations from the community to a non-profit called First Fire Truck Fund.

The group plans to conduct fundraising activities within the community, including community events, T-shirt sales, and other fundraisers. They say all money donated will be used for restoration of the fire truck.

The group hopes to complete restoration by 2016, which will be the truck's 100th birthday. It will then be given to the Morristown Fire Department to be used for community events and fire safety education.

Anyone interested in donating can contact Deputy Chief Clark Taylor at (423) 585-4651, Lt. Darrell Hodge at (423) 312-5072, or Engineer Danny Case at (423) 312-3497.

You can contact First Fire Truck Fund at P.O Box 2325, Morristown, TN 37816. The group has also set up a Facebook page.


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