I have always been a student of history. It was my best subject in school, and I have traveled to historic locations including the D-Day Beaches in Normandy, France, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the Gettysburg National Battlefield in Pennsylvania. Now, I am preserving and protecting a piece of fire department history from Loudoun County Virginia just outside of Washington, DC. In September of 2014 I purchased a 1973 Seagrave Fire Engine (pumper) which was previously owned by the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company and was in service through 2009. The Seagrave is very similar to the fire engines I rode in 1972 when I began my career as a firefighter for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
Now I drive the Seagrave nicknamed "Class of '73" in parades in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She is a real throwback, powered by a 6-71 Detroit Diesel through a 5 speed manual transmission with a 2 speed rear end. The pump still works along with all of the emergency lights and siren. Owning a fire engine from this era is an honor and a labor of love, knowing I am helping to preserve a Seagrave fire engine from 43 years ago.
Photo Credit: Derrick Welsh, Centreville, VA