Liberty Gets Replacement Fire Apparatus

The Liberty Volunteer Fire Department needed a “grass rig,” after the only fire truck it had for that purpose burned in a field fire on April 1.

The Webster Volunteer Fire Department had a spare grass rig taking up space in the firehouse.

Like the band of brothers they are, the Webster department agreed to sell its truck to the Liberty department at a price it could afford: $1.

“You can’t believe how ecstatic we were when they gave us the truck,” LVFD public information officer Jim Franklin said. “Firefighters stick together. They stepped up to the plate. It gives us peace of mind. We had no way to get to a field fire.”

Webster Township Trustee George Haskett said former firefighter Mose Tutterow suggested the donation of their 1974 model.

“Mose said, ‘Why don’t we just give it to them,'” Haskett said. “The township owns the truck. We talked it over with the chief and township board members and we all agreed. We decided a sale was probably better than an outright gift.”

The Webster department has a 2013 model grass rig, one designed for fighting those fires, said Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Fouche.

“We haven’t used (the old truck) a lot since we got the newer one,” Fouche said. “Right now is the worst time of the year for grass fires because people are cleaning up sticks and things in their yards. We’ve got a lot of neighboring departments we can call on if we need it. Union County is much smaller.”

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