This 1938 Ford pumper was on display during the Byron Good Neighbor Days parade July 23. Byron firefighters have been fundraising both to repair the vehicle and to build an adequate storage facility to house it.
By David Richards
So far this spring and summer, members of the Byron fire department have raised roughly $30,000 combined in cash, donated hours and donated supplies to help in their quest to repair their covered 1938 Ford pumper and to give it an adequate home for storage.
The goal is to showcase the gem in local parades each summer.
"This community is awesome to work with," said Bob Pries, assistant fire chief and chair of the fundraising effort. "The fire department isn't usually the one asking for help."
Pries said the department is about $5,000 short of its goal and hopes to raise the rest by the end of the summer.
The volunteers are currently constructing the storage facility and then the repairs to the engine will follow. The last of the funds needed will go to finish the interior of the building when they become available.
The pumper itself needs both engine and electrical work.
"It runs, but doesn't run great," Pries said.
Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Byron Review.