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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.
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.
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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