100-Year-Old Fire Engine in Rough Shape Gets Revamped for Ohio Fire Department

By Epoch Inspired Staff
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June 1, 2021 Updated: June 1, 2021

A century-old fire engine that had seen better days has been refurbished for the local fire department in McDonald, Ohio.

The fire engine—a 100-year-old 1917 Model T—was decommissioned, left in a garage for many years, and was in rough shape.

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(Courtesy of Diz Dean via McDonald Fire Department Social Organization)
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(Courtesy of McDonald Fire Department Social Organization)

McDonald’s now-retired fire chief Todd Stitt enlisted the help of Larry Manaro, a local mechanic, to fix up the fire engine.

Manaro, with assistance from Kevin Prus, Pro Image Sign Company in Youngstown, and Snyder’s Antique Parts, took a whole year to refurbish the engine.

Now, it looks like new.

“It is an accomplishment that you take it from nothing and you make into something, and people like to see it and enjoy looking at it,” Manaro told CBS.

The Model T fire truck was originally a donation to the village of McDonald from Carnegie Steel in 1920, which saw the fire department’s establishment.

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Larry Manaro standing next to the refurbished 1917 Model T fire engine. (Courtesy of Diz Dean via McDonald Fire Department Social Organization)
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(Courtesy of Diz Dean via McDonald Fire Department Social Organization)
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(Courtesy of Diz Dean via McDonald Fire Department Social Organization)
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(Courtesy of Diz Dean via McDonald Fire Department Social Organization)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Diz Dean via McDonald Fire Department Social Organization)

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