1928 Fire Apparatus Returns to Hopkinsville (KY) Fire Station

A Depression-era fire truck got a piggy-back ride on a flatbed trailer and rolled through downtown Hopkinsville with cellphone cameras clicking as a small caravan brought the American LaFrance firetruck back to its first home on East Ninth Street.

The 1928 pumper truck rolled easily from the trailer to the street, and with traffic blocked for a few minutes Thursday afternoon, more than a dozen city firefighters surrounded the truck and pushed slowly toward open doors.

Firefighters helped Christian County Historian William T. Turner climb into the driver’s seat, and Alissa Keller, executive director of the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County, climbed up next to him. Then Turner came down to help screw the truck’s metal nameplate to the front of the vehicle.


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