Work on the “Save the Seagrave” project got a large boost today.
At Johnson City Fire Station #3, Tetrick Funeral Home presented the Johnson City Firefighters Association with a check for $500 to go toward their efforts to restore the 1928 Seagrave 6WT Fire Truck, which is original to the Johnson City Fire Department. The truck has been sitting for years in an outdoor shed and has fallen into disrepair. It was towed to the city garage where they got it running and it was then driven to station #3, where it spent most of its time in service to Johnson City.
“We’re just getting started on this restoration go around, the paint from the 70s has held up great, it’s the reason that we have anything to look at but rust. Unfortunately it is in need of repair,”, Seagraves Restoration Project Coordinator Avery Knapp said, “So what we’re going to do, we’ve been quoted a $25,000 quote to have the truck stripped and put back into the original paint job.”
The Johnson City Firefighters Association is doing the fundraising for this project and they hope to have it finished in time to be used in the city’s 150 th anniversary celebration next year.
Knapp added, “The outpouring of support has been phenomenal, whether it has been people contacting the firefighters association’s Facebook page, sending me emails, just wanna get involved or give monetary donations, it has been fantastic.”
They are currently working on a motorcycle/car show and concert coming up in October to cover a big chunk of the $25,000. You can go to the Johnson City Firefighters Association’s Facebook page or go to their webpage at iaff1791.org and click on the “Save the Seagrave” link to make a donation.