‘Save the Seagrave’ fundraiser aims to preserve piece of Johnson City history


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Johnson City community is raising money to preserve a special piece of the city’s history.

Dozens of people came out to Winged Deer Park in Johnson City Saturday to help “Save the Seagrave.”

The Seagrave is one of the Johnson City Fire Department’s oldest fire trucks.

Through a concert, food and raffles – organizers are hoping to initially raise around $10,000 to give the Seagrave a fresh coat of paint.

“This is original to Johnson City. It rolled of the manufacturing line in the summer of 1928 for the citizens of Johnson City. It’s spent its entire life here,” Avery Knapp, “Save the Seagrave” Coordinator said.

The end goal is to raise around $50,000 to fully renovate it. So far, they’ve raised around $3,000.

If you’d like to help – you can reach out to the Johnson City Firefighters Association.

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