Spring Hill (TN) to Restore Fire Belle Fire Apparatus

Residents and business owners of Spring Hill have taken it upon themselves to restore a 1957 fire truck that served as Spring Hill’s only fire apparatus for years.

The inaugural meeting of “Project Fire Belle” took place at city hall earlier this month, according to coordinator Judge Blair Morgan.

“The genesis of the idea occurred over the Christmas holiday when I and Col. and Mrs. Herb Grogan (Retired, U.S. Army) sat together over a meal, and discussed a great thing that could happen for our city this year,” she explained. “(We can) band together as a City to restore our last “City icon” that still exists and can be a future “rallying point” around our City’s unique identity and the hometown we all love so much”

Morgan said she “saw Fire Belle in action as a child, and it is a part of my fondest memories of growing up in Spring Hill.”

Morgan said that was a time “when (Fire Belle) and dedicated volunteer firemen from within the city were the only fire protection we had in Spring Hill for many, many years.”

Jeff Hardy, a Lieutenant with the Spring Hill Fire Department, attended the meeting representing the SHFD.

“The Department is excited to be a part of this community project, as many within the department (and Lt. Hardy in particular) have long desired to see Fire Belle restored and honored as a part of the department’s and the city’s history,” Morgan continues. “And the vision includes using Fire Belle as a rallying point around fire education events for our city’s children.”

Hardy said, “the Spring Hill Fire Department is excited about restoring ‘Fire Belle.’ This engine is a vital piece of the city’s history. And it’s restoration will allow for that history to be passed on to future generations. We are enthused about using Fire Belle in conjunction with our current fire education program at all the local schools and events.”

“This project enjoys the strong support of our city government, and our city’s citizens, both young and old, but the restoration and makeover costs of Fire Belle will be entirely raised through the generous contributions of those individuals and businesses within our City who want to preserve a precious part of Spring Hill’s history and proudly carry it into the future.”

To donate funds or services for the Fire Belle Makeover, contact Col. Herbert S. Grogan at (615) 516-1119 or hsgrogan@gmail.com.

For more information, view columbiadailyherald.com

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