Restor­ing old pumper truck was a his­tory les­son for vol­un­teer

The Western Star - - LIFESTYLES -

Shane Black­more and Larry Matchim of Scott’s Trans­port worked to­gether on their time off re­search­ing the truck to make sure it was re­built prop­erly. Black­more had a par­tic­u­lar at­tach­ment to the truck as it brought back mem­o­ries of his dad who worked on trucks sim­i­lar in age. “My dad was born in ’45 and started work­ing on trucks at the early age of 11,” he said. “That was 1956, so I am sure he worked on a truck and en­gine sim­i­lar to this one.” He and Matchim spent many evenings and week­ends putting their spare time into the truck.

“Larry did a lot of re­search be­cause it was like a jig­saw puz­zle,” said Black­more. “We’d put parts on and then find an­other part that needed to go on there, too, so we’d have to take it apart and start over. It was ac­tu­ally a blast do­ing it.” He said they had a great time bring­ing this fine truck back to life and mo­bile again. “It was great to learn about that part of the town’s her­itage and to work on the truck and see the dif­fer­ences in tech­nol­ogy from then to the trucks we work on now.” It’s the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of the truck that really made the project re­ward­ing for Black­more.

“Lots of re­spect owed to the fire­fight­ers who worked on this truck, pro­tect­ing the town for 40 years,” he said. “Imag­ine the crews that this truck has had on her for 40 years. Brave men right there.”

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