It first responded to an emergency in 1923 and now one group is trying to restore the Stutz fire truck in Illinois.
Officials with the Sycamore Fire Preservation Company say they need $25,000 to begin the efforts, Daily-Chronicle.com reported.
The Sycamore Fire Department bought the fire truck in September 1923. According to city records, its first call was in November 1923 to a chimney fire on North Main Street in Sycamore.
The fire truck, which still faintly bears the name “Sycamore” on the side of the hood, spent time with at least four different owners in both Wisconsin and Indiana. It was removed from active service in 1957 and sold at a public auction in 1967.
Sycamore got the fire truck back after its owner sent a letter to the fire department in 2001 indicating he wanted to sell it. That August, the 1923 Stutz fire truck was returned to Sycamore.
The group started to raise money for restoration in 2001 but fundraising was “stalled,” according to Daily-Chronicle.com, due to the attacks on September 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina.
Read more about the 1923 Stutz and the fundraising efforts here on Daily-Chronicle.com.
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