The Rockyford Fire Department is bringing new life to the first ever fire truck in the village.
"It was the Village of Rockyford's first fire truck. It is a 1941 Dodge. It actually was built back in the day, a fellow in Rockyford owned a repair shop by the name of Ken Henry, and he built Rockyford's first fire truck," beamed Rockyford mayor Darcy Burke.
Ken Henry would purchase old military trucks and rebuild them to put boxes and hoists on them, then sell the trucks to farmers as grain trucks. When the village approached Henry to build them a fire truck, he purchased another used military truck and got to work.
"It was in use for many, many years and it finally got parked and the volunteer firemen back in 1980 decided that they wanted to restore the truck. So, they bought it from the Village of Rockyford for $1.00 and it has sat idle ever since," explained Burke.
Burke also explained that the fire truck will be featured in the parade next year and will probably be leading the parade.
"Just very recently, the local fireman here decided that they wanted to get this truck running before our village's 100th anniversary next year. So, we have got it running and we are working at getting it restored," advised Burke.