Restoring old pumper truck was a history lesson for volunteer
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.”