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Demarest Donates Pumper Truck To FDNY Transport Unit

From left: Assistant Demarest Fire Department Chief Richard Motta, FDNY Family Transport Unit's Jim McCarthy, Demarest Fire Association President Jeff Bellusci and Demarest Fire Chief John McLoughlin. Photo Credit: John McLoughlin
Demarest's old pumper truck was donated to the FDNY's fire family transport unit Saturday. Photo Credit: John McLoughlin

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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