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Wausaukee Fire Chief Eric Edlebeck is all smiles after receiving the keys and title to the 1930 REO Speedwagon fire truck originally owned by the Village of Wausaukee. The presentation was made Thursday, Oct. 17 in Duluth, Mn. at the Minnesota Fire Chief's Association annual conference. Pictured left to right: Lieutenant Brandon Wesolowski of the Wausaukee Fire Department, Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott, John Cunningham, Association president; Wausaukee Fire Chief Eric Edlebeck and Wausaukee firefighter Dennis Whitton Jr.
Wausaukee Fire Department Gets Keys to 1930 Fire Truck
Issue Date: October 24, 2019
The keys to an antique 1930 REO Speedwagon fire truck were handed back to the truck's original owners, the Village of Wausaukee Fire Department in a ceremony in Duluth, Minnesota on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Wausaukee Fire Chief Eric Edlebeck, was handed the keys at the annual Minnesota State Fire Chief's Association conference. The MSFCA, decided to sell the truck after they discovered the Village of Wausaukee had been searching for the truck for many years. Wausaukee Fire Dept. held various fundraisers were held to get the money necessary to be the high bidder and bring the truck back home to Wausaukee.
Chief Edlebeck said, "We have a strong community support in Wausaukee and I guess you live and breathe it every day giving back and it's tough to keep it together but it's such a great moment." Eagan, MI Fire Chief Mike Scott, worked to track down the original home of the truck and said moments like this is what firefighting is all about. Chief Scott stated, "everybody that's in the fire service talks about brotherhood and family and this just really hits home. It doesn't matter where you're at, what state you're in, or what country you're in, we have that brotherhood and family connection and we are so happy that we could return this piece of history back to its home."
The Wausaukee Fire Department plans to house the truck in its original garage from the 1940's and hope to eventually build a special building to display the antique truck. In addition to Chief Edlebeck, Lieutenant Brandon Wesolowski and firefighter Dennis Whitton Jr, made the trip to Minnesota to bring the truck back home.