According to a report from NNY360, the Watertown (NY) Fire Department’s (WFD’s) heavy rescue truck, a 2005 American LaFrance, that sold at auction in February for $25,900 has arrived at its home in Oriskany, New York.
New owner and high bidder Matthew Shannon of Village Motors assured the WFD that he has big plans for the truck, saying he has no intentions of reselling it. However, Shannon did not want to speak on his specific plans, but he did say he and his family have connections to fire departments in the Utica and Rome area.
Dale Morrow, the city’s purchasing manager, was told by Shannon that the truck would be “donated.”
Shannon said he was intrigued by the rescue truck’s history, especially regarding the remnants of a decal that can still be seen on the apparatus. He later discovered that the decal represented the dedication of the truck to WFD Chaplain Monsignor McCarthy, who died in 2018 at the age of 99.
Under the WFD, the rescue vehicle clocked 12,733 hours of usage and drove 84,977 miles on city streets. It went on about 2,600 calls per year from 2018-2020.