Saturday 23 Mar 2019

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Historic Fire Truck Returned To SJAFB (PHOTO GALLERY)

A piece of history returns to its original home at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

The Seymour Johnson Fire Department held a dedication ceremony for “Engine 1,” a 1942 Ford that was actually the very first fire truck at the base when Seymour Johnson Field opened in 1942.

Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Elbert Dixon rediscovered the old fire truck in a farm field in Dudley and restored the vehicle to its former glory.

Dixon donated the fire truck back the Seymour Johnson Fire Department.

Sean Quinby, the Fire Chief for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, says they’re seeing if the Air Force Museum wants the historic vehicle, but the base will find uses for “Engine 1” on-base and in the community.

The fire truck can be used in parades, and Chief Quinby says there’s even an idea to modify the vehicle to transport the caskets of fallen airmen and Seymour Johnson firefighters.

In keeping with firefighter tradition, the rehabilitated “Engine 1” was pushed back into the Seymour Johnson Fire Station during Thursday’s dedication ceremony.

For donating the fire truck back to the base, Dixon was named a Lifetime Member of the Seymour Johnson Fire Department.

 

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