One of the first pumper trucks to go in service in Conception Bay North is once again ready for frontline duty.
And its story is symbolic of the dedication and spirit of those who resurrected the emergency vehicle from the junkyard several years ago, especially the late Frank Bishop Jr., who died tragically in a plane crash in May 2010.
During an emotional and sentimental ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 19, officials with the Town of Cupids officially turned over the keys for the truck to the Bay de Grave regional fire brigade.
The Cupids fire department was integrated into the new regional service, but the status of a very historic component of the brigade — the 1971 Thibault pumper — was never fully resolved. Until now.
Not satisfied to see the truck lost to the annals of time, Bay de Grave members requested that it be brought back into active service, alongside a modern 2010 pumper, and a 1993 pumper.
All sides agreed it was the right thing to do.
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