MIAMI, Okla. – The Seagrave is another donation closer to getting a makeover.
What’s the Seagrave? Its full title will help: Seagrave Pumper No. 6 Firetruck. It dates back to 1949 and was in service through the 80s.
Miami, Oklahoma firefighters and friends came together to help ‘Save the Seagrave’ and raise enough money to refurbish the truck. Today, State Farm owner Nate Long made a $2,000 donation.
Various fundraisers have raised more than $13,000 for the $15,000 project.
Long himself is a former firefighter, “I hope it means a lot to them. Preserving the history and telling their story, you know, the fire service has been around forever and they’re the first ones you call in a time of tragedy… just a good way to give back and preserve the fire truck.”.
“The support of the community has been amazing,” Miami Fire Chief Robert Wright said. “We are grateful for all the donations, volunteers and community members who helped us with this project. The community showed up in a big way buying lunches and bidding on auction items.” (May 11 release)
Miami Firefighters and friends are working to save the 73-year-old antique firetruck and restore it for use by the department for parades and other events. The Firefighters have used the funds so far to purchase a chassis for $6,500, to replace the old chassis to make the vehicle more drivable.
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