DEMAREST, N.J.— The Demarest Fire Department on Saturday donated its award-winning 1977 Mack pumper truck to a New York Fire Department unit.
The department bid on the truck when it went up for auction, and bought it with its own money for $8,500.
It will be going to the FDNY's Family Assistance Unit, Fire Chief John McLoughlin said.
"It was well past its life expectancy," the chief said. "It hasn’t been a first line piece of apparatus for years."
The Family Assistance Unit works to assist FDNY families when there is a death, accident or serious illness in the family, according to its website. The Mack Pumper will be used for funeral processions and whenever city firefighters need it, McLoughlin said.
"We take a lot of pride in our equipment," he said. "Now it will continue on serving the community in N.Y."
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