A 1969 Young Crusader fire truck retired by the Cove Rural Fire Department was returned to the East Coast department that originally owned it.
Cove Rural Fire District returns classic fire truck to its original department in Virginia Beach, Va.
The throaty sound of the engine evokes memories of the past.
“It has a 671 Detroit Diesel. When you hear the sound, it is like yesterday,” said Keith White, a retired captain at the Virginia Beach Fire Department.
Last month, the Cove Rural Fire District sent a 1969 Young Crusader fire truck home to Virginia Beach for restoration.
“I always thought that truck should go back to them,” said Sonny Johnson, a retired fire chief for the Cove Rural Fire District. “They ran that truck when they were kids.”
Cove purchased the Young Crusader in 1992 and ran it until 2011, when it was retired.
While there are thousands of old fire trucks sitting around collecting rust, Johnson began to recognize that the Young Crusader was something special. A friend in Portland told him the truck had become a collector’s item.
Johnson decided to call the Virginia Beach Fire Department. He told a secretary who answered the phone, “we have this truck that your fire department used to own and we’ve retired it and I wonder if you’d like it back.”
Virginia Beach Fire Department Capt. Wayne Black made a $500 donation to the Cove Rural Fire Department and spent nearly $5,000 to transport the truck home. He then remodeled his garage to house the truck during renovation.
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